A big thankyou
My little poppet is 3 months old. Which means I’ve been successfully breastfeeding for almost 3 months. The first 5 days was torture. If I had listened to every…one who said to hang in there and that pain is normal then I wouldn’t be here right now. I would be exclusively pumping again. The pain was unbearable. He was feeding for 4/5 hours straight, having an hour break then doing it again. My nipples were cracked and bleeding. THAT IS NOT NORMAL. We noticed he had a lip tie but couldn’t see a tongue tie. The peadatrician said they don’t EXIST! The lactation consultants said his latch was perfect even though my nipples were squashed and ruined. I trusted my gut and sought support from other mums. I paid for an amazing IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Debbie Garbin. She came to my home and diagnosed Leo with an upper lip tie and a severe hidden tongue tie from latching him on to her finger as well as his symptoms. She also noticed my toddler Roman was drooling, not able to talk properly and shoved food in his mouth and waited for it to dissolve. Upon checking him, he was diagnosed with both too. We knew he had a lip tie but his peadatrician also said it wouldn’t be an issue. Most aren’t trained in ties so they can’t give that advice I’ve now learnt. Anyway, we were sent to a dentist who specialises in lasering the ties. In the meantime she taught me different methods of latching to cope and explained he was drinking like sucking a squashed straw. Struggling to get milk out which is why he wasn’t gaining weight. As soon as the ties were fixed, the pain was instantly gone and never felt again. My nipples healed within 24 hours, he gained 450g in the next week and slept through the night only feeding for 20 minutes a time during the day. Roman started to purse his lips, eating amazingly now he could push his food around and is talking new sounds everyday. I’m writing to this to help any mums who are struggling or in pain. Or if you know mums who are pregnant and had a difficult time trying to breastfeed last time. There is hope, there is a solution. It can be pain free and easy. No washing or prepping bottles before leaving the house, no sleepless night and dread when it’s time to feed in pain. Please contact an IBCLC. They are in every state. If someone had told me when I was unsuccessful at feeding my first I would have been so grateful. Every mum deserves a great start to the beautiful bond that is breastfeeding.
“Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for the visit and support today. Following your advice lil Maggie and I had our BEST feed ever after you left! Best bonding experience I have had with my little girl yet, thank you!”
“Debbie, I cant believe the changes that I have seen in Sophie already. She went down with no fuss for her morning sleep and within 10 minutes tonight she is down. She has been so happy today aswell. I know there are many challenges ahead as she approaches each developemental stages, but thank you, thank you , thank you. You have made me a happy mummy, full of confidence once again x”
“Just a thought – when we seek advice about settling and feeding babies we generally choose someone that we are comfortable with – but what about our babies? I was at the circus the other night with Debbie and there was a little boy, about 18 months old there too. During the intermission he climbed over about 5 seats to get to Debbie. His mum could see him and was quite relaxed. This little boy and Debbie were gorgeous to watch together. It made me realise something about – it’s not just mums choosing Debbie, babies are naturally drawn to her and want to be with her too. She really is the best one to support you and your baby. Sure, you pay a fee . . . but she is so worth it. A small price to pay for piece of mind.”
“This pump is Awsome! Soo much better then electric shop bought ones. I fed an hour ago n just pumped, managed to get 80mls total (50rt & 30lft). I wonder if Tyler is actually sucking properly and getting it out properly. He seems ok to me but not as big as he should be. On the 50th line for weight and 75th for height. Will come see you Wed to chat.”
“Debbie, where do i start!? Day 5 i think it was, that you came to my house and reassured me that i was breastfeeding my baby girl properly ( I didnt have much confidence after having alot of trouble with my first baby ). Then a follow up visit a week later to make sure everything was still going well! Yesterday, she turned 9 months old and is still to this day feeding …. Thats my first ‘Thank you!’ … Unfortunately a majority of the last 9 months have been sleepless and stressful for me, Having a now 3.5yr old and a 9month old I was getting next to no rest, day or night. I had read books, tried routines, put alot down to teething and i knew that she was overtired… I had almost given up hope of her ever sleeping properly…Until ANZAC day when my OH got called out to work and i was on my 10th day straight of being alone dealing with my kids that were driving me MAD and tiring me out… I vented on facebook about how tired i was and how little miss G hadnt slept for more than ten minutes the whole day ( it was about 3pm) Debbie said that she could be at my house within half an hour……(ON ANZAC DAY!!!) … I thought why not…Had nothing to lose! So sure enough half an hour later Debbie arrived at my house and stayed for a couple of hours. That night, my baby girl slept through, and one week on…. she has slept through every night (except waking once at 4am i think she was just cold!) since. I am so proud of her and Debbie explained so much to me that I always thought but could never really put into practise without some encouragement… With all the ‘do this dont do that put them to bed at this time…’ stressing me out, debbies ‘go with the flow’ says it all really! So, from all of us in our house THANKYOU for giving me the confidence to be a better mum to both of my kids, and my OH is quite happy too now that I am not so grumpy and sleep deprived! I would recommend debbie as she takes a very calm and natural approach, and knows that the bond you have with your baby is the most important thing! “