C'mon, Blogger, c'mon! Now is not the time to be down for technical difficulties again! Don't you people know I have a brand new baby and only a couple of minutes on the keyboard? I'm going to try to keep posting stuff as I can, just to keep myself in the habit here. Just overlook the incoherence and mispellings, won't you?
He was my first child. He was in a bili box for severe jaundice. He was extremely dehydrated. He gnawed instead of nursed. An aunt rented a hospital pump for me in hopes that I could keep a milk supply. I cried and pumped day and night. The nurses, the pediatrician, the La Leche leader--no one could get him to latch. I finally found the number for A Mother's Place at Centennial Hospital. He was almost three weeks old.
My insurance would not cover the $75 consultation fee, which represented a huge sum for us at that time. I didn't care. I was desperate. I begged for an appointment and two days later dragged my weepy self into the office of Jane Kershaw, IBCLC. She took one look at my breasts and my baby and diagnosed the problem. Five minutes later Andrew was gulping and swallowing like a traveller at an oasis. There was no pain. Only sweet, blessed relief. I was a mother. I could feed my baby.
I consider that $75 the best money I ever spent. Period. (And you know that means a lot coming from a frugal mom like me!) Sure, we saved a lot of money on formula--but who could put a price on a year of happy nursing?
Today Jane Kershaw and her warm staff at A Mother's Place came to my rescue again. (Luckily now covered by insurance!) Different baby, completely different set of problems--and a bag of no-nonsense solutions from her years of experience and academic research. Almost instantly, Elise enjoyed the only true sustenance she's had in her first forty-eight hours of life. I just can't describe how much better we both feel. If you are in my area and have breastfeeding problems, don't hesitate to make an appointment at A Mother's Place--or find a similar expert in your city.
"though art He that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts." Psalm 22:9