How has Angela with Basking Babies been of help to you?
Sent by email May 2012 from K.K.
Hello Angela, I'm sure you don't remember me, but I wanted to finally
send you a thank you note to say how much I appreciated your help when
my little girl was born and we were learning how to breastfeed. My
sweet little gal was born last August at 36 weeks and weighed 5 lbs,
6oz. I really wanted to nurse her, and did right away, but I was also
encouraged at the hospital to supplement her feedings with formula in
order to help her gain weight. So I pumped, and nursed, and weighed,
and gave bottles, and pumped, and weighed, and nursed, and cried, and
pumped, and worried, and nursed, and on and on. When I think about
those days I remember feeling sleep-deprived and over-anxious,
determined to give my baby the best, but also worried that maybe my
body just couldn't provide for her. I imagine a lot of new mothers
feel this way, but of course at the time I felt so alone and I had so
many questions. I met with a lactation consultant before we
were discharged, and then a couple days later I talked with you by phone.
You answered my questions and then gave me
a very specific plan for how I should handle feedings in order to
ensure the baby got the calories she needed and I was able to maintain my
milk supply. I did my best to follow the plan but questions always
came up. I came to a couple support group sessions and you were so
helpful then too. I remember one particular day I was having a really
hard time because the baby was at the very bottom of her weight range and
was latching on well but didn't seem to be getting enough milk and
gaining enough weight. I was exhausted from the nursing, pumping,
bottles, weighing cycle, and I felt so disappointed in myself because
this thing that I thought was going to be so "natural" was feeling
anything but natural. I felt like a bad mom. That day I was
explaining all of this to you and I don't remember your exact
words but basically you said that you were stumped too. And I was so
relieved! I thought, she's the expert and she is stumped too, no
wonder I don't know what I'm doing. :) We worked out a plan and the
next day you called me to tell me that you talked with some of your
LC friends and offered me some more advice. Thank you for that. Thank
you for listening to my concerns and taking the time to help me and
for following up on the phone several times. I know you must get the
same questions over and over, but thank you for not making me feel
like you were answering the same question for the hundredth time. I'm
happy to say today our baby is almost 9 months old and she's happy,
healthy, and a champion nurser! I have so enjoyed the closeness that
comes with breastfeeding. Thank you so much for the help and support
you gave us when we were just beginning. Take care.
FROM Facebook Mom: M. H.
Thank you so much for all your help with Reuben! He has gained 3lbs 2oz in this first month and even though he eats from my breasts I feel like you play a huge part in this...now if only you could get up in the middle of the night for me, I could get some sleep. Thanks again!
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