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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|26||Thu May 19 22:36:50 EDT 2011||Jessie Roberts||Independence, MO||My midwife did so much to help me and my daughter learn to successfully breastfeed. She and I had conversations about preparing to breastfeed even while I was pregnant, and when my daughter was born she More....|
|25||Thu May 19 06:05:57 EDT 2011||Summer Lamb||APO, AP||At 8 months old my exclusively breastfed son started what I thought was a nursing strike. We had a rough week that included a number of potential strike triggers. I contact our local Lactation Consultant. More....|
|24||Wed May 18 23:17:00 EDT 2011||Kristen Peele||Willow Spring, NC||My chiropractic physician has been very supportive of breastfeeding, both for me and also for my baby. She understands how breastfeeding affects the mother's body so she is able to provide better care More....|
|23||Wed May 18 11:54:55 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Ramona, CA||My nurse team supported my breastfeeding journey by making sure my desire for immediate skin to skin and breastfeeding as my son desired was honored. When my son forgot that eating and breathing require More....|
|22||Wed May 18 11:49:24 EDT 2011||Lorelei Sandoval||Ramona, CA||My midwife gently supported and encouraged my breastfeedin journey from my very first physical when she commented that I had great breastfeeding breasts. Throughout my pregnancy she taught me about nutrition, More....|
|21||Wed May 18 02:31:28 EDT 2011||Anna O'Malley||San Rafael, CA||My daughter Lila was born in a beautiful home birth, followed immediately by a need for a higher level of medical care when Lila's Apgar remained 6 and I developed a massive hematoma from a transected More....|
|20||Tue May 17 21:53:58 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Pittsburgh, PA||While I was in recovery from an emergency cesarean birth, my midwife asked me if I wanted her to bring my baby to me to initiate breastfeeding. I was exhausted and not very clear in my head and it was More....|
|19||Tue May 17 20:56:53 EDT 2011||Debby Popkin||Southington, CT||I am a midwife and planned to have my first child born at home. Although we ended up in the hospital for the birth, I was fortunate to enjoy the care of three skilled and generous midwives throughout More....|
|18||Tue May 17 18:27:57 EDT 2011||Amy Horan||Washington, DC||When my second child was born, I chose to give birth in my home with a midwife group. Both my delivering midwife and the birth assistant they required took the time to return to my home after my daughter's More....|
|17||Tue May 17 14:11:47 EDT 2011||Jeanette Albright||La Salle, MI||My OB, Dr. Laura Katz was informative during my pregnancies with handouts on the benefits to breastfeeding as well as education material on the topic. She was great after my first one arrived regarding More....|
|16||Tue May 17 13:58:00 EDT 2011||Jennifer Gerard||N Richland Hills, TX||As a Lactation Consultant and new mom, I wanted a Pediatrician that would support my decision to breastfeed 100%. When I learned that my top Pediatrician candidate was specifically interested in the support More....|
|15||Tue May 17 13:21:59 EDT 2011||Katy Rank Lev||Pittsburgh, PA||Our pediatrician is a wonderful advocate for breastfeeding. He uses the growth chart designed for breast-fed babies, and so was not alarmed when my son didn't pork up right away. He encourages me to nurse More....|
|14||Mon May 16 21:53:10 EDT 2011||Jennifer Antonik||Harrington, DE||Our kids see the pediatrician I saw when growing up, and she just loves them! She could eat them up every time they walk into the office. She's an old school type doctor who still believes in nursing as More....|
|13||Mon May 16 14:47:39 EDT 2011||Tina Lavy||Yuba City, CA||My Breastfeeding Story
Tina Lavy, MS, IBCLC, Yuba County WIC (1995-2000), Sutter County WIC (2000-2011)
I have worked for the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program for More....
|12||Mon May 16 14:24:31 EDT 2011||Melissa Bodzioch||Carpentersville, IL||I had many issues breastfeeding with my son 16 years ago, so this last pregnancy I knew I wanted things to go differently. I started attending LLL meetings during my pregnancy at the advice from my midwife, More....|
|11||Mon May 16 14:23:33 EDT 2011||Melissa Bodzioch||Carpentersville, IL||I had many issues breastfeeding with my son 16 years ago, so this last pregnancy I knew I wanted things to go differently. I started attending LLL meetings during my pregnancy at the advice from my midwife, More....|
|10||Mon May 16 13:56:54 EDT 2011||Melissa Cline||Murfreesboro, TN||My midwife talked about my plans for breastfeeding in many of our hour-long prenatal visits. When she attended my baby's birth (at home), she helped me put him to breast as soon as possible (he More....|
|9||Sun May 15 20:47:46 EDT 2011||Brittany Cooper||Baltimore, MD||After I became pregnant, it didn't occur to me not to breastfeed. I hadn't read too much about pregnancy and babies early on but I was aware that it was the healthiest option for my baby... plus I am More....|
|8||Sun May 15 16:29:04 EDT 2011||Alyssa Colton||Albany, NY||While nearly everyone around me supported breastfeeding, having a doula who came to my home postpartum and helped me with latching on and other advice was absolutely crucial to my success. She gave me More....|
|7||Sun May 15 11:50:59 EDT 2011||Khera Houston||Kasson, MN||Thanks to my diligent and amazing public health nurse educating me and supporting me I have nursed both my children. Having such great support helps to motivate me and knowing I have someone I can call More....|
|6||Sat May 14 23:37:02 EDT 2011||Karen Latham||Miami, FL||I arrived in Miami 2 weeks before giving birth to my first child. Since I lived and worked in West Africa, I made arrangements with a wonderful Maternity Center beforehand. The amazing team of midwives More....|
|5||Sat May 14 21:45:33 EDT 2011||Elena Taylor||El Paso, TX||I had heard stories of local pediatricians who did not approve of mothers who breastfeed past one year. I had started off breastfeeding with the intention of continuing only for three months, and then More....|
|4||Sat May 14 14:10:16 EDT 2011||Jordyn Zimmerman||Wilmington, NC||I knew from day one that I wanted to breastfeed for as long as possible. My daughter was born at 42 weeks, a healthy 8lb 3oz. She had a great latch immediately. Maybe too great. I began to feel a lot of More....|
|3||Sat May 14 14:06:29 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Lake in the Hills, IL||When my baby couldn't latch on, we were forced to either use a nipple shield or formula feed. Formula was a huge no-no to my way of thinking, so I grudgingly accepted the help of the nipple shield. It's More....|
|2||Sat May 14 12:53:34 EDT 2011||Emily Bailey||Portland, OR||I am still nursing my 22 month old baby, much to the dismay of some family members. I was on the fence about weening, how could I? This was our special time. I spopke to my family care practitioner, More....|