Testimonial: Josslyn Streett

“Cass Romero has been there for me with breastfeeding help, advice and comfort anytime I needed her through both of my boys breastfeeding years.  If it weren’t for her I would have given up and my boys would not have known the health and emotional comfort that they have been blessed with due to breastfeeding.  My oldest son couldn’t suck hard enough to latch on properly in the beginning.  We did not supplement with formula by Cass’ advice, but I did pump and bottle feed in the beginning.  I seriously wanted to breastfeed and Cass stuck with me for an emotional eight weeks until Robby finally was back on the breast full time.  He breastfed, by his choice for three years.  He’s never been sick, not one day.  Also, he is a kid who very badly needed the extra comfort that comes with the one on one contact with his mother through breastfeeding.  I’m glad I don’t have to know how he would be emotionally today without all that extra touch and attention he received.

 

With my second son, Sawyer, the latching on went well after my home-birth but I had other issues.  I once called Cass with a desperate call of a lump in my breast I had not had before with Robby.  I did not know at the time that she was on vacation with her family.  She called me back and stayed on the phone with me from out of state until she knew I was calm and able to work through the issue.  She helped with logical advice and information that could help me right then and there.  She was always comforting, supportive and positive that no matter what we could work through the issues.  My younger son is now 8 and a half years old.  He breastfed by choice for four years and two months and also has not been sick more than the cough he had last week.  I’m so grateful for Cass for her caring, compassionate and diligent friendship to me, my family and breastfeeding for all.  Thank you Cass for all you did for my family.  We are all truly grateful.”

 

Josslyn Streett, Sequim, WA


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  1. I am so blessed to have been able to beeestfard all 3 of my babies without much trouble at all (so far, at least my 3rd is only a few weeks old!).As far as advice goes, the only thing I’d add to your wonderful list is to make sure your baby is latching well. Get help from a Lactation Consultant if you’re not sure or if it hurts. For me, that is key for not only avoiding breast trauma but also to make sure baby can get enough (if I’m in pain, there is tension in my body that inhibits letdown).Oh, and I’ll also mention the trick I used in my days as a newborn nursery nurse helping new mamas get the hang of feeding: Once you get the baby positioned & latched on, make a conscious effort to relax your shoulders all the way down and then take a deep breath in and out Relaxing goes a long way in letdown/ milk production.[]

  2. Wendy Sue, I’ve never worked hadrer at anything than nursing my kids. I’m wondering if you have met Maryanne O’Hara. She is amazing and made the difference for us where 4 lactation consultants and 4 pediatricians failed. My second baby had problems latching and exchanging milk. I went through the gring (with daily weight checks) and was convinced them that: 1) his frenulum was too tight. 2) his suck wasn’t coordinated or strong enough. I didn’t give a rip what the AAP said about frenulums. Sure, his tongue reached the right place when he yawned, but it didn’t when he latched, and that’s what mattered. And I also didn’t give a rip what anyone thought from sticking their pinky finger in my baby’s mouth. I nursed my first child till age 2 (and 6 months pregnant). My nipples had an estimated 4,500 hours of practice. My son had an unrelated medical problem that resulted in his admission to Seattle Children’s where I finally got that OT consult. With Dr O’Hara’s help and about 6 hrs of OT over the course of 5 weeks, I was able to get that baby nursing. I’m not suggesting this course for all moms out there who struggle with nursing. In our case, both my kid had milk, soy, and corn allergies and couldn’t tolerate hydrolyzed formula. My son had suspected EE and insurance wouldn’t pay for Neocate. (Washington is not a state where elemental formula coverage in mandated.) Sometimes you have no choice but to bust your behind.Final point: donation. I had 300+ ounces of excess milk that I pumped when my son was in the hospital. I was able to donate most of it to a friend and another mom in a mom’s group. You can purchase human milk from human milk banks in both liquid and powder forms. (It’s not for anyone, just saying )VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait…

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