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.
Reluctantly, I called her. Part of me hoped that she would tell me that there was nothing she could do so I could quit and still feel like I tried everything I could. Ann set up an appointment with me right away and came to my house. She used a scale so I could see how much breastmilk my son was getting (to address the weight issue), and she helped me get my son to get a deeper latch (to help with the pain). She even helped me with my pump since that was another concern I had. My relationship with my baby completely changed after that visit. I finally looked forward to feeding him! A few weeks later, I was having trouble with getting my son to latch when I didn't have all of my pillows and boppy around me. I was dreading even going to the mall because it hurt when I fed him anywhere other than my own house. I contacted Ann, and she promptly came out (in the snow) free of charge to help me. She showed me different positions to use and ways I could prop up my arm to help make it more comfortable. She talked me through everything and made me feel so comfortable.
My son will be 5 months old this week, and I am still breastfeeding. I've come a long way from talking myself into making it to week 6. I love breastfeeding now, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. I have even transitioned back to work, and now I pump during the day and still breastfeed him mornings, nights and weekends. There is no doubt in my mind that without Ann, I would have quit at week 6. I would have missed all of this special time with my son, and he would have missed all the nutrients that he is getting from my breastmilk.
I would recommend Ann to anyone. My only regret is that I didn't call her sooner! May 2010