Dear Gina and Jenny,
I vividly remember sitting on your cozy love seat with my ten week old precious baby girl Hanni when you asked me why I was at your clinic and what my ultimate goal was. I replied with tears in my eyes, "I want to feed my baby. I want to breastfeed her without tubes, pumps or bottles. "
A week before our meeting, I found out Hanni was tongue tied. In addition to me struggling with my milk supply due to my hospitalization after Hanni was born, I was on the verge of giving up breastfeeding so many times. But I am a fighter and so is my daughter. She showed me how much she wanted to breastfeed by pushing away her bottle and nuzzling her face onto my bosom somewhere around week four of her life. I guess you saw this desire for our breastfeeding connection in us because you said if it was anyone else you wouldn't have released her tongue tie at this stage. I asked you why then would you release Hanni's and you told us that you could see that I was motivated. Well we are approaching almost ten months after our meeting. Hanni will be one year old on September 10th and we are still going strong! After her tongue tie release she only drank from my breast either just my milk or with the tube attached getting formula and my milk. There were so many times when I wanted to quit because of the artificialness of the tubes. There were many nights of tears because I just wanted to feed my baby with my breast and nothing attached to it except Hanni. Thank god for the support of my mother as whenever I was so down, she would pick me up with her words of encouragement. We continued with the tubes until Hanni was one week shy of five months and then I said goodbye to the tubes and formula. I finally had enough milk to breastfeed my baby!!! So Hanni has been getting my milk exclusively for seven months now. Even with the addition of her solids, she still breastfeeds on demand. There really are not enough words to express to you the joy I have in my life from breastfeeding my baby – even at all hours of the night! It is so much fun when Hanni lifts up my shirt and plants her head down to nurse and latches on with her own hands. We've come very far and through the challenges of the first five months, I learned to follow my instincts and how to listen to my baby and give her the time she needs for whatever milestone she is going through- breastfeeding, sitting, eating, teething, etc. Thank you for believing in us. You made a huge difference in our lives by helping in our breastfeeding journey. It must feel good to give such gifts and help dreams come true.
All my best,
Karen Lisa Shain