How were YOU supported by friends, peer counselors, or
mother-to-mother support groups?
mother-to-mother support groups?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by friends, peer counselors, or mother-to-mother support groups, or how this support made all the difference for you.
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Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Stories will be compiled and displayed at the bottom of this page in real time—you can choose below to remain anonymous, if desired. The stories will call attention to the need for support now, while also creating a resource for future breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
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|148||Wed Aug 08 14:46:43 EDT 2012||Nancy Cavillones||West Redding, CT||When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I was fortunate enough to deliver at Baystate Franklin in Greenfield, MA. The hospital is very pro-breastfeeding. When the pediatrician was unhappy with my More....|
|147||Wed Aug 08 14:45:34 EDT 2012||Lauren Acquarole||Philadelphia, PA||My daughter was born early at 37 weeks 2 days, and I had finally made the decision to breastfeed after some uncertainty. I wasn't uncertain because I wanted to formula feed, but I needed the approval of More....|
|146||Wed Aug 08 14:44:39 EDT 2012||Laura Boehm||Bend, OR||My daughter is 10 months old and I am still breastfeeding. I have had so much support during these last 10 months. While in the hospital, the nurses initiated the support. They helped me so much with latching More....|
|145||Wed Aug 08 14:44:09 EDT 2012||Crystal Bissonnette||Milton, VT||I was supported by being around wonderful mothers along with my partner who knew this was important to me. I had an emergency c-section, my milk didn't come in for 8 days. I catheter formula fed with a More....|
|144||Wed Aug 08 14:34:01 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Longmeadow, MA||I delivered my daughter at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital, which was a baby-friendly hospital. I had every intention of breastfeeding but with inverted nipples and an undiagnosed tongue tied baby, it More....|
|143||Wed Aug 08 14:27:43 EDT 2012||Emily Nimsakont||Ashland, NE||I’ve been nursing my son for three months now, and we’re going strong. I credit my success to my supportive husband and my mom; they both gave me lots of encouragement in the early days. I also made many More....|
|142||Wed Aug 08 14:23:31 EDT 2012||Veronica Darling||Santa Ana, CA||I have been able to successfully breastfeed my infants because of supportive family, friends, medical care givers, online support communities and a working knowledge of my rights to legally nurse anywhere More....|
|141||Wed Aug 08 14:20:57 EDT 2012||Michelle Lunsford||Hamilton, NJ||I am fortunate enough to have delivered my daughter in the new Capital Health Hopewell hospital which was at the time striving to gain Baby Friendly status. I was on bed rest the last 5 weeks of my pregnancy More....|
|140||Wed Aug 08 14:19:52 EDT 2012||Natalie Pabon||Burlington, NC||I was helped by many people, the lovely ladies at my local WIC office(Alamance County, NC), the local breastfeeding support group, my doula, my husband, several online groups, a few blogs, etc. More....|
|139||Wed Aug 08 14:17:49 EDT 2012||Lauren Cohen||USA, MA||My son had difficulty latching and nipple confusion and I struggled for 2 weeks until my Mother hired a lactation consultant to come to my house. She recommended nipple shields and problem solved. After More....|
|138||Wed Aug 08 14:17:00 EDT 2012||Megan Stone||Overland Park, KS||After a not so monumental first try at nursing a baby (with my son born in March 2007) I decided to give it another shot with my daughter who was born in August 2010. Surprisingly, my biggest supporters More....|
|137||Wed Aug 08 14:15:47 EDT 2012||Josanna Tiettmeyer||Anaheim, CA||Mine is short and sweet. The most influential thing I experience was when I had my first baby, who wasn't an expert breastfeeder, the lactation consultant in the hospital told me..."Remember, once is More....|
|136||Mon Aug 06 15:32:26 EDT 2012||Heather Buquoi||Austin, TX||I was helped by peer counselors as a WIC mom. Then I became a PC in a rural area in AL. We were the first PCs there and we saw a great improvement in our low BF initiation rates after the program began! More....|
|135||Tue Jul 10 11:56:21 EDT 2012||Ellen Kuhn||Austin, TX||I breastfed my daughter, now a healthy 3 year old for a year. In the beginning it was hard. I had many concerns and I feel that a huge part of my success in breastfeeding was the fact that I knew a WIC More....|
|134||Sun Jul 01 17:46:12 EDT 2012||Donna koan||sterling heights, MI|
|133||Fri Jun 29 12:11:58 EDT 2012||Teresa Donjon||Saint Louis, MO||I would not have been able to continue fully breastfeeding my daughter without the help of my mom, my friend and the assistance of WIC in Florida. My daughter is now a healthy 20 year old with plans to More....|
|132||Thu Jun 28 10:55:03 EDT 2012||Hannah Severson||Madison Heights, MI||I was helped by a peer counselor at a WIC office because they let me borrow a breast pump for when I returned to work. I had it for about 6 months before I was able to be a stay at home mom. I would not More....|
|131||Wed Jun 27 17:24:49 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Pensacola, FL||I would not have been able to nurse my baby if it were not for my breastfeeding peer counselor at the Florida WIC program. My daughteer never had to recieve formula from the WIC program. She was also never More....|
|130||Sun Jun 24 17:32:20 EDT 2012||debra bryant||Pens, FL||I was 37 years old when I because pregnant for the first time. I had several friends from church and other venues who breastfed their children. I saw how happy and well adjusted the children were, and More....|
|129||Sat Jun 23 20:36:51 EDT 2012||Barbara Thayer||Hope Mills, NC||I happened to fall into the breastfeeding community through Google. While pregnant, I was searching for a birthing class and the one offered that was not through the hospitals happened to be a Doula. I More....|
|128||Sat Jun 23 20:36:28 EDT 2012||Barbara Thayer||Hope Mills, NC|
|127||Thu Jun 21 18:18:00 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Longview, TX||I nursed my son for 5 months and my daughter for 2 years. I credit my success completely to having support groups and friends who were also breastfeeding. Because of them, I learned that breastfeeding More....|
|126||Thu Jun 21 14:38:52 EDT 2012||Portia Ives||belgrade, MO||Last July when I was 5 months pregnant with our first child, my husband lost his job. Finances were already tight and our options were limited. I panicked like only a pregnant woman can.
I sought More....
|125||Wed Jun 20 15:37:25 EDT 2012||La'Sherrie Tyes||saint joseph, MO||As a mom who has breastfeed 2 children, I understand the need to have that person whom you can call when you have an issue. Many people believe that breastfeeding is easy, just because it's natural. That More....|
|124||Wed Jun 20 14:00:14 EDT 2012||Stephanie Grgurich||kirksville , MO||My name is Stephanie Grgurich and I am the BFPC at the Adair County WIC office. I myself breastfed both of my children and had great sucess at it, but there where many times I wished I had support outside More....|