I believe breastfeeding is
a journey for the whole family, and like all journeys there are many different
ways to arrive to your destination. I am sure that, you will have many
unforgettable memories on this
amazing adventure; some very happy and some not
so much. I do hope this page will inspire and
encourage you, during those times
that are not so happy, and you can find some similarities and hope to see the
between the lines of other breastfeeding families.
Our experience with Ann Faust was life changing for us. It
was the third lactation consultant we talked to and the only one who got
to the bottom of our baby's restless eating and sleeping behavior - in
the first five minutes our meeting! Ann appeared professional in every
detail, experienced, thoughtful and holistic. Talking to her just felt
right. She examined our daughter Mila and my breasts, measured Mila's
weight before and after feeding and after listening to us made first
suggestions on how to better organize feeding process and what nursing
tactics were best for our baby.
A week later we had a follow up meeting, which was also very thorough and there had already been substantial improvements by then - our feeding/sleeping schedule got more organized and the whole family happier and more rested.
Since then we had numerous follow-ups by email and I asked many more questions beyond nursing and even sent pictures with the issues we had.Ann helped us to better understand our baby's needs and forget about nursing frustrations. I also realized that nursing is not just about feeding - it's tied with baby's development, temperament, sleeping habits and health. And Ann takes all of it into account which makes her consultations so effective.
I just wanted to say *THANK YOU* for your support from the very beginning!
Our daughter is 13 1/2 months old now, and 4 days ago...she stopped asking for
milk. I wanted to wean her off on her terms and here we are. I didn't even
think I'd make it another day until you came to visit us when you did. You
saved us, and made our experience a successful one. I know that if I am blessed
with another baby, that we will be calling you from Day 1! :) September 2011
"I recommend Ann Faust with enthusiasm and without reservation to anyone who wants support, education, and valuable advice on breastfeeding. As first time parents, my husband and I were very frantic when we called Ann. Our new-born, unable to latch on, was quickly dropping weight after being born. Ann showed up on our front door within hours of our initial phone call. She possessed a rare combination of compassion, wisdom, and humor. She quickly diagnosed him with a tight lingual frenulum [tongue-tie] and began introducing exercises to teach our son Rowen how to use his tongue more efficiently. Furthermore, she provided several practical tools that enabled immediate modified breastfeeding. Were it not for Ann’s precise guidance, we would have abandoned breastfeeding.
next few weeks Ann provided emotional support to my family beyond the mechanics
of breastfeeding. Her extensive education and experiences were an invaluable
asset in navigating the dizzying initiation into parenthood. This was all included in the initial
low-priced fee. Thanks to Ann, our son Rowen is now a robust & healthy
breast-fed baby." September 2011
-Tina R -
My son was born in September 2010 and for two months I couldn't get him to latch. I was pumping over 7 times a day to feed him and was exhausted. He was also gaining weight very slowly. After meeting with Ann, I saw a significant improvement in Harry's weight gain in a matter of days. I was clearly able to identify and correct the issues affecting my ability to breastfeed my son. Ann is warm, caring, and extremely knowledgeable and really takes the time to discuss your individual concerns and find a way to help you resolve them in a way that is best for you and your baby. I don't know if I would still be breastfeeding my son were it not for Ann. At 10 months, Harry is a happy, joyful, breastfed baby! Thank you, Ann!
After having some difficulty nursing my son during his first few days of life, I was in a lot of pain, extremely discouraged, and afraid I may not be able to continue. I contacted Ann and she immediately put my mind at ease and assured me that there were several strategies I could use to make the experience more comfortable and effective for me and my baby. During her visit to my home she listened to my concerns, observed, and made recommendations based on my needs, while always clearly explaining the rationale for her recommendations. As a result, I have a better understanding and breastfeeding is now the pleasant experience that it should be!" June 2011
“Ann is a skilled, generous, intelligent resource for new mothers. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help with babies and nursing. Her advice was invaluable to both my daughters who turned to her after seeking help from other consultants. Ann's advice was wonderful; she generously made herself available beyond what anyone could have expected. I can't say enough good things about her.” April 13, 2010
-Fay Grandmother to Lenor and Sarah-
As a new mom, breastfeeding was also new to me. I took a breastfeeding
class before my son was born and was really looking forward to having this bond
with my baby. Although my son latched right away, I ran into problems
after I left the hospital. My son was not gaining weight as fast as the
pediatrician liked, my nipples were sore, cracked and bruised, and I developed
a case of mastitis. By the time my son was 5 weeks old, I really felt as
though I had done all I could, and it was time for me to quit breastfeeding,
even though my goal was just to stick it out for 6 weeks. I would dread
every time I had to feed my son - it just wasn't turning out like I had
imagined it would be. Many of my new mommy friends had recommended Ann to
me since week 3, but I kept thinking that he was latching and eating - I didn't
have a problem that Ann could fix.
Breastfeeding was extremely painful for me, but I continued so that my daughter would receive the health benefits. At her one month appointment with the pediatrician, I learned that she was not gaining enough weight. My milk supply wasn't sufficient and we were ordered to begin introducing formula. I reached out to Ann at this point and she came over immediately! She made recommendations to improve my daughter's latch, which helped heal my bruises and made the breastfeeding experience much more comfortable. She also helped design a pumping strategy, which would help wean my daughter off of formula slowly. I still have supply problems and need to supplement with formula, but at least I now have pain free breastfeeding sessions with my daughter and I have Ann's support with all of my questions. Ann's support helped me stick with breastfeeding, despite my supply issues. May 2010
I knew that breastfeeding in the first few weeks would be hard, but I had no
idea how tough it would be. After about 2 weeks, I was desperate, in a lot of
pain and ready to give up and use that sample formula the hospital gave me. I
thought I'd give it one more shot and I called Ann for help. She came over to
my house and helped me immensely by helping to figure out the root cause of my
problems. After the initial consultation, she kept in contact with me and
stopped by a few more times to check on me. Not only did she help with some of
the latching problems, but she also helped improve my confidence.
I'm not alone when I say "breastfeeding isn't easy" and when I found myself tired, sore, with a tiny little person wanting to eat, it would have been so easy to say "just give her a bottle". However, luckily Ann was there to show me the ropes of breastfeeding and more. She was extremely patient and if I needed to see it, hear it, or do it again with her there, she didn't mind the 1st time nor the 100th time. Her tranquil and positive personality along with her confidence in me made all the difference. I know that I would not have nursed my daughter, and later my son, without her invaluable knowledge and support. 2008
When my daughter was 5 days old, she stopped nursing altogether. Contacting Ann was the best thing I have done since I got pregnant. She immediately set up an appointment to see us that evening. By 9pm, she left me with Aisha nursing at my breast. She kept in touch with us until we found our own feet.
When my daughter was three months old, I had to go back to work. As a physician in a busy practice, I work long hours and it was very stressful to figure out how to work and carry on breastfeeding my baby. Especially because she was refusing to take bottles. Ann was there again to help us with the transition. Her knowledge and counselling skills are excellent and her passion about breastfeeding is very contagious. My only regret is not contacting Ann earlier; we could have saved a lot of tears and headache. June 15, 2009
-Dr Nanavati S…-
"Even though this was my third baby, I had difficulty and extreme anxiety about breastfeeding. With Ann’s knowledge, support, and encouragement, I was able to learn some techniques that helped me to achieve breastfeeding success. Also, she went above and beyond to ease my anxieties and came over on a moment’s notice to calm me down and let me borrow her baby scale so that I could monitor my baby’s weight. I am so thankful that Ann was there for me and my baby!"2008
Ann was a tremendous help after my son was born. I contacted her in desperation one night when my son was about 1 month old. She responded within an hour and came to see me the next day. I had extremely sore/cracked nipples and she helped me figure out why and gave me some great suggestions on improving my sons latch and healing my nipples. I am now still happily breast feeding and about to celebrate my sons first birthday! August 01, 2009
Ann has been very helpful with me breastfeeding my daughter, Laylah. When Laylah was only 2 weeks old, Ann came to my home within 1 hour of me calling her to assist me with getting a correct latch. I was having trouble with Laylah latching and was having considerable pain and bleeding due to incorrect latching. Ann was very kind and helpful. Her advice on that day helped me to correctly get Laylah to latch and the pain subsided. Four months later, when I was preparing to take a 4 day business trip, I contacted Ann again for advice on shipping breastmilk. Once again, she was very helpful with providing info on current travel guidelines for transporting breastmilk. Ann is a GREAT resource for new breastfeeding mothers like me! 2008
…That first night was scary enough just bring my son home. Then I was starting to second guess myself about breast-feeding my son. But once I called Ann, she came over right away. I was thanking God above, because she was like an angel, or a really good friend, that I didn’t know I had. Ann helped me to relax and just let it happen. At first I didn't think the breast milk was holding him but it was and still is. Now my son is doing well, we went for his 2 month well baby appointment. My breast fed baby weighs 14 lbs and 11 oz. He is healthy and happy. And so am I. You do a very important job. Thanks a million times over. June, 2009
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