The story I’ll never forget

23 Jun

The story I’ll never forget, which is not my own, but has always impacted me was a close friend of mine’s mother. In 1972 she delivered her little girl Aliza and, against everyone’s advice, insisted on breastfeeding her child. Apparently, the attending OB brought all his Residents-in-Training to her room to witness a breastfeeding mother, as no one had ever seen one before! When she went back to work, she hand-expressed into bags and said whenever the meal cart went around the office, the sound of one of the squeaky wheels always made her boobs leak.

Thanks to Aliza’s mom for doing what she knew was right when breastfeeding was so frowned upon and being an inspiration to us all. And I am standing in Waddle n Swaddle, working, typing this story and nursing as I’m writing this. Hurrah.

A story shared by Kerry Lee Zeff


Bye Bye Dairy

23 Jun

My journey with breastfeeding started with out much of a hitch. My son latched well from day one and loved to nurse. Around two months old we found out he had reflux and it was suggested that we give him formula with cereal in it because it would sit firmer in his stomach. I kindly said “No, thank you.” to the idea and continued exclusively breastfeeding my son and taking other measures to reduce the discomforts of reflux.

When he was four months old we discovered that he had a dairy intolerance. If I ate any dairy he would have extreme gastrointestinal upset. I was told that I either needed to give up all dairy from my diet or could switch him to non dairy formula. For me, there was no decision to be made. I was not about to stop breastfeeding and quickly removed all dairy from diet. This was quite a challenge being in that I am some one who eats cheese on everything and absolutely loves ice cream. I had many people tell me how silly it was of me to give up dairy when it would be so easy to simply switch Trent to a non dairy formula. Many people tried so hard to tell me how the formulas of today are the same as breast milk. I simply ignored their attempts to get me to stop breastfeeding. I knew that breast milk was by far the best nutrition for my son and was willing to do anything to provide him with that. I lived a non dairy lifestyle for 8 months, until my son turned one. At that time he was able to tolerate dairy when it was in his breast milk.

My son is now 26 months old and has continued to breastfeed and continued to thrive. If I had it to do all over again I would make the same decisions. There is no sacrifice too big to give your child the best start to life.

A personal story by Karen S.

A little help goes a long way

21 Jun

When I learned I was pregnant,I knew I was going to breastfeed once the baby was born with the support from my husband and veteran breastfeeding mother and sister. Once he was born and began to breastfeed, I started to experience issues. After 5 days of breastfeeding, tears, fears and inadequacy as a mother began to emanate in my mind.  All of my support people had stood by feeling helpless as both the baby and I sat crying because we weren’t connecting and it seemed like, it wasn’t working. I began feeling devastated. After a visit to the pediatrician’s office and an easy suggestion, I remembered where I could turn. Jenn, a local maternity/infant specialty store owned by a breastfeeding mom and LC was just the person that I needed to see.  As the phone dialed,I prayed that she would be available. She had rearranged her time and schedule to meet me for an LC appointment to help because she wanted me to be succesful: knowing nothing about me or prior background, she was more than willing to help. When I showed up on her doorstep(to the store) and had tears welling up in my eyes, she hugged me. What a relief: a simple hug made me feel immediately reassured of how normal my situation and feelings were. After one appointment, I had felt confident and calm and already began succeeding in the latching and other various issues we were having.She called me the next day and for the following week to make sure I was still doing well. Because of this one appointment and a free breastfeeding support group she started, we are still breastfeeding and helping other mom’s become just as successful. I have become a support for other mommy’s and have been successful for eight months with my own child. None of this wouldn’t have been possible with out Jenn’s help and support from one visit, one phone call, we have been doing so well! I can’t thank her enough, I’ve never wanted anything more as a mother to breastfeed and with her support and help, she gave me exactly that!

A personal story by Amelia Breitmaier

Just give that kid a bottle

21 Jun

When I found out I was pregnant for our first daughter 2 years ago, I knew right away that I wanted to exclusively breastfeed her.  My mom didn’t breastfeed me or my siblings due to pressure from my dad and other relatives to “just give that kid a bottle already”.  I took a breastfeeding course and was determined not to let anyone deter me from feeding my baby the best way I knew how.  After my daughter was born she latched on great and I was able to demand feed her with no problem.  When my father would come over he would inevitably say every time “you’re nursing again! Why don’t you just give that kid a bottle so she’ll be satisfied”.  My response was always the same, “dad, formula is the F word in this house and we don’t use it or say it”.  He’d laugh and I’d laugh, but we both knew it was a point of contention.  My daughter was at least 4 or 5 months old before those comments finally stopped.  I’m proud to say that I nursed my first daughter for 13 months and now that my second daughter is here, not once has my dad asked me about giving her a bottle!

A personal story by Kim Shirk

Breast feeding to the rescue

17 Jun
My daughter is now 28. When she was 13 months old she reached up, grabbed the end of a bungee cord that was hanging above her head in a door frame, and put it in her mouth. Her father and I both got to her just as she let it go but the powerful elastic pulled the hook through her cheek. Her injury could have been very severe if we hadn’t gotten to her to support her weight and allow the hook to pop free from her cheek. She was wailing and bleeding profusely and choking on the blood. The second it happened she reached for me and I did what came naturally, I nursed her to comfort her. We lived 18 miles from a hospital, it was a Sunday and the local doctor couldn’t be found so we drove the 18 miles for help. She nursed the whole way. By the time the medical professionals were tending to her, the cut that went through her cheek from inside to outside had stopped bleeding. They cleaned it and put a butterfly on the outside of her cheek. She has had a new dimple in her cheek since that day, but this very traumatic incident, was minimized and her healing was hastened because she was nursing.
A personal story by Melinda Margulies
Her daughter, Emily,  is now 7 1/2 months pregnant!

Welcome to Latch on Hudson Valley!

16 Jun

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