Received from a current client as of January 2022:
“I’ve been so thrilled with my experience
with Elizabeth (and Katie) I would be glad to sing their praises any time!
Going in, I thought a lactation consultant would just show you how to
hold the baby properly and ensure a good latch, I didn’t know enough to
even realize there could be more to learn. We’ve gotten so much more
than that; Elizabeth has been so compassionate and encouraging; in
talking over our problems, we always feel she’s part therapist for us, lol.
We didn’t realize that appointments would include before and after weigh
ins for the baby, which has been such a reassurance. When breastfeeding,
it’s kind of hair raising to not know how much food your baby is
actually getting. Having that info was such a relief.
Having someone inspect his mouth, gauge the strength of his suck, and
tongue action, etc, was something I didn’t realize could even be
examined, and knowing that he doesn’t have any problems in those
departments was also a relief; I’d say the same if she DID find
problems, knowing is half the battle, after all.
She’s helped put to bed many of our anxieties about handwashing, green
diapers, spit up, and some medical misconceptions (I had been worried
that letting him comfort nurse would stimulate my body to keep producing
more milk, but she explained that it’s a different sucking pattern and
my body knows to ignore that in terms of milk production). Elizabeth has
also given my husband pointers for bottle feeding, and advice on different
nipple styles, and even a new nipple to test drive at home. In my mind,
I thought a lactation consultant would cover breastfeeding alone; if we
had gone with formula or exclusive bottle feeding of breastmilk, we
never would have even thought about seeking out a lactation consultant.
I imagine there are others like that too, who think this type of service
is for the breast-fed baby alone.
Sometimes just watching how Elizabeth handles the baby has been so
helpful too. Perhaps like many first time parents, we’ve been handling
him like glass, so to see someone handle him more freely and confidently
helped us realize he’s stronger than we think, and we have more freedom
in how we hold him too. She’s also taught us new ways to hold him, and
burp him, that have brought us a lot of success compared to the standard
techniques we were shown in the hospital. She’s also given us ways to
help strengthen his tongue function, like tracing our finger around his
gums, and sweeping around on his soft palate and pushing down on his tongue.
Connecting with Katie has also been wonderful; we wouldn’t have even
been aware such services existed if we hadn’t met her by chance at our
first appointment with Elizabeth. In the same way, Katie handles the
baby so confidently and effortlessly that we’re reminded we can handle
him more freely too. And many of the exercises she has done with him are
things we’ve been able to replicate at home as well (some different
stretches, nothing with his skull, haha). He enjoys all the new touches!
Perhaps we’re just particularly hungry for confident
familial energy to help guide us through this time and both Elizabeth
and Katie have that kind of warmth and positivity. We’ll be sad when
Emmery stops breastfeeding and we no longer have an excuse to go.”
WE couldn’t ask for a better overview that touches on some (still not all) aspects of lactation support as practiced at Lactation Care with Elizabeth. A wholistic, family approach includes much more than a latch. And seeking help from an IBCLC affords expert advice on many aspects of lactation, feeding, structure and development.
Within the safe space of lactation support, processing and healing occur, both mental and physical. We are thankful for other professionals we include in our care for clients and love to hear about the progress made outside of our office. Thanks to our client for the kind words and personal examples of her experience with breastfeeding support!