How were YOU supported by your health care providers?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by your health care providers (obstetrician, midwife, pediatrician), or how this support made all the difference for you.
How will the stories be used?
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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|51||Thu Nov 01 14:09:01 EDT 2012||Shakeeta Williams||Anderson, SC||What can I say about the woman who has been an awesome breastfeeding resource?My midwife has been an almost source of information for me. Even now that my son is 6 months old, she is still available anytime More....|
|50||Tue Aug 07 14:24:47 EDT 2012||Rosie Wessner||Philadelphia, PA||I am a NICU RN and CBC, and recently founded a pumping support group for moms of hospitalized infants. In my experience, I have found that these moms need the most support to continue to provide human More....|
|49||Tue Aug 07 14:05:28 EDT 2012||Kim Stewart||Scotts Valley, CA||I am lucky to live in an area with a ton of bf'ing support, including free consultations and support groups with a fantastic LC. My first daughter and I had no trouble at all, aside from using nippleshields More....|
|48||Wed Jul 18 22:59:22 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Remer, MN||As a first time mom and a nurse, I desperately wanted to breastfeed. The pregnancy was difficult, the birth was early, and the early breastfeeding in the hospital was very hard. The lack of support I More....|
|47||Tue Jun 19 09:50:31 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Shawnee, OK||If it was not for updated information passed year after year I don't believe I would be able to pass the information I have to clients.|
|46||Sat Jun 16 15:57:09 EDT 2012||Denise Hoppess||Dallas, TX||We needed 'help' to get pregnant with our last baby. My infertility doctor, obstetrician and Labor and Delivery midwife and nurses encouraged me to breastfeed. When our baby was born his pediatricians More....|
|45||Fri Feb 10 16:17:46 EST 2012||erin yorker||Temple Terrace, FL||Because my daughter was born in a birth center, she had to be examined by a pediatrician within 48 hours of her birth. We took her to our wonderful Family Doctor, who not only examined the baby, but also More....|
|44||Mon Oct 03 12:27:19 EDT 2011||Dina Diana-Rizo||Boca Raton, FL||I am the first to breastfeed in my family. Now 16 1/2 months later, I still nurse my healthy toddler at nap time and bedtime. If not for my midwife and doula, I may have given up as the beginning months More....|
|43||Mon Sep 26 19:17:22 EDT 2011||Kari Bharucha||Roseville, MN||On his 2nd day my son's weight was nearing 10% loss from his birth weight, which I believe was artificially raised due to large volume of fluids (several liters) I was given in 1-2 hours before More....|
|42||Thu Sep 01 19:14:39 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Seattle, WA||1. My midwife supported breastfeeding and initiated the conversation early at prenatal appointments. She did not ask whether I would breastfeed, but rather stated that she plans to support me in initiating More....|
|41||Sun Aug 21 23:17:44 EDT 2011||Anita Esquerra-Zwiers||Holland, MI||At my son’s one year appointment with the pediatrician I was asked what kind of milk he was getting. I said, “breastmilk.” The doctor said, “Breastfeed for as long as you want.” What an encouragement that More....|
|40||Thu Jul 21 08:41:08 EDT 2011||Aisha Goodman||Chicago, IL||Any categorization of breastfeeding success being attributable to only one kind of support entirely downplays the societal impact on parenting practices. My mother nursed me and my siblings, as did all More....|
|39||Wed Jul 20 23:30:01 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Ann Arbor, MI||My Certified Professional Midwife assisted me on Day 5 of my son's life, when my milk came in very suddenly and I became engorged to the extent that we couldn't get a latch. My midwife simply kept at it, More....|
|38||Tue Jul 19 16:25:15 EDT 2011||Tonia Hedge||Paoli, IN||2. My very first breastfeeding experience wasn’t good. I wasn’t on WIC and had no support. I gave up very quickly and felt very defeated. My second and last experience was much better; I was on WIC and More....|
|37||Sun Jun 19 21:03:28 EDT 2011||Elizabeth Allemann||HARRISBURG, MO||My mother did not plan on breastfeeding me, her fourth child. She had nursed my brothers, and didn't look forward to the discomforts of nursing. Her family physician gently encouraged her. "What I know More....|
|36||Wed Jun 01 15:34:52 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Kingsport, TN|
|35||Wed Jun 01 15:33:19 EDT 2011||Margaret Gall||Kingsport, TN|
|34||Mon May 30 12:54:11 EDT 2011||Danielle Housenick||Russellville, AR||One reason I was so successful at breastfeeding was due to encouragement to continue to pursue it, even though it was so difficult! My daughter's pediatrician never told me to just quit trying and use More....|
|33||Sun May 29 22:41:52 EDT 2011||Kathrine Ringler||Hudson, IA||I had my first daughter on April 19th, 2005, I always knew I was going to breastfeed my children. But what I didn't realize is the amount of time it would take to learn it and the amount of time we breastfed More....|
|32||Sun May 29 21:33:40 EDT 2011||Emily Grey||Largo, FL||I birthed Rachel at our local free-standing birth center and scooped her out of the warm water onto my chest. It took her a few hours to really be interested in latching on and even then, she seemed to More....|
|31||Sat May 28 21:54:35 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Marathon, FL||Midwife provided post-partum care and support to non-breast feeding baby.|
|30||Sat May 28 20:48:18 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Madison , CT||When I was pregnant with my second child and looking at another scheduled c-section, my doctor asked me what I liked about my last experience and what I wanted changed. I told her of my troubles with breastfeeding More....|
|29||Sat May 28 16:16:07 EDT 2011||Mell Fraze||North Highlands, CA||I give credit for the fact that I have successfully breastfed each of my 3 children for at least 1 year to the help & guidance of the midwife who attended the birth of my oldest in 2006. Ruth was great, More....|
|28||Sat May 28 16:14:31 EDT 2011||Denise Bastien||Waterford, MI||Our 3 babies were all premature, were all hyperbilirubinemia also known as jaundiced, and all 3 were treated under bili lights. The first two were also given formula bottle supplements at every feeding, More....|
|27||Fri May 20 12:01:38 EDT 2011||Eva Fiallos-Diaz||Tallahassee, FL||My 3 siblings and I were not breastfed. According to my mother she was told by her doctor that she didn't produce enough nutritious milk to feed us and it was still more fashionable to use formula. My More....|