“Our son was born prematurely. The first month we had to spend so much time in hospital, for several medical reasons. It was a very intense and emotional time. Our IBCLC support’s was essential. I sincerely have no idea how I could have achieved exclusive breastfeeding without her help. Her continuous kind support, visiting us in hospital several times, and phone calls, texts, emails helped us go through very difficult and challenging situations. She was extremely helpful in the post natal period. She offered alternative feeding methods so I could give my expressed breast milk without interfering with the initiation of breastfeeding. She kindly showed me how to maximise my pumping output while still in hospital in the early days. She was so helpful in given me evidence-based information when I had a bout of mastitis. She was always there for us in practical and emotional ways in the first few weeks. Whenever I had doubts and fears she would have the right reassuring answer. Her presence as an IBCLC and woman-mother herself, as well as all her unique abilities to communicate, listen, orient and support where priceless.
The grey and difficult days are now over; our baby is now 4 months and exclusively breastfeeding! He has put on so much weight that people can’t believe he was born prematurely. I am enjoying breastfeeding and it is well worth all the effort we put into it. Indira helps us tremendously; I cannot put into words how much I owe her. I am deeply grateful as she has been so important in this transition into motherhood and I know I would not be where I am if it was not for her. She kept me going through all the challenges; she helped me preserve my desire to breastfeed (even through the darkest times) and nurtured me and my family with strength and loving compassion so we could leave the entire first few days trauma far behind.” Barbara