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August 11, 2011

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August 11, 2011

I first heard about the Nursing Mothers Counsel through my daughter's pediatric doctor. As it is the case with many first-time mothers, I had various questions I wanted to ask about breastfeeding, but could not afford to hire private help. I then decided to contact a Nursing Mothers Counsel representative. That is when I met Gretchen Kindberg. She came to our house to watch me as I breastfed our little daughter, to make sure that the baby was latching correctly. Gretchen is a lovely, very knowledgeable, sweet, and approachable young lady. A mother herself, she put me at ease right away, reassuring me throughout her visit that I was doing everything correctly and that my daughter was latching beautifully. Gretchen talked to my husband and me for about a couple of hours. During this time she answered all of our questions, addressed our concerns and gave us numerous precious hints and advice. I highly recommend her as well as the Nursing Mothers Counsel. We were really impressed with Gretchen's professionalism, enthusiasm, experience and knowledge.

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I would recommend they advertise their services more broadly, so that other mothers like me can take advantage of it.

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

I attended a Nursing Mothers Counsel breastfeeding class after I had my first baby (now 23 months old). The class was helpful, but the e-mail communication after the class between Gretchen, one of the volunteers, and I was superb. She was honest, caring and gave real examples rather than cookie cutter responses that I received from other organizations. She even followed up to see how I was doing awhile after our last conversation.

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and I have referred others (even out of country) to this wonderful organization!

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The class I attended was apparently for pregnant women which I did not realize (though I still gained a information from it). I recommend a universal class or a class for postpartum women too. These may exist; I am not sure.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

Took the FREE breastfeeding class which was offered. Was provided with lot of helpful information which was offered in multiple languages. As far as I know, there are no other organization offering this class for free. The class was great, but the class wasn't what makes this organization so wonderful. It's the counselors which they assign to you to follow up with your nursing. These counselors are volunteers with much experience and are available if you have any questions or concerns at any time. Their availability is far greater than any other organization, such as the ones tied to hospitals. Being first time parents, we had many concerns (such as what cold medicine is ok while breastfeeding or is the baby getting enough milk). We called the counselor who gave great advice and calmed us down. After giving any advice, the counselor always gave follow up calls to see how we're doing. The counselor REALLY helped us through the first couple months of breastfeeding. Not only did they address all our questions and concerns but the emotional support they gave was a HUGE help. The counselor helped not only the mother but the father also.

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the free breastfeeding class offered and counselor support

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more classes. The class was only offered once a month.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Through our birthing instructor.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

This is an extremely dedicated group of women who are passionate about helping other mothers learn to breastfeed and deal with any challenges that come up. I've loved my volunteer work with this organization and am especially inspired watching new mamas come into their own and become confident mothers.

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I've learned so much about breastfeeding and am inspired to learn more. I'd like this to eventually be a new career path when I am ready to go back to work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

explore new ways to get the word out about what we do and about our free breastfeeding classes.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes it encouraged me to get certified as a lactation educator

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I've made a difference in the lives of mothers and their babies and that is an incredibly rewarding experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 19, 2011

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June 19, 2011

Nursing Mothers Counsel is ostensibly a local bay area group which provided one-on-one peer support for new mothers learning to breastfeed successfully. It's such a great group (and has been for over 50 years) that their phone number got published in a major baby care boom which led them to receive calls from all over the country. They accepted this and took in stride the fact that they suddenly needed to serve a large multiple of their former number of clients.

When my second baby was born, even though I had breastfed my first for two years, and even though I'm a women's health nurse practitioner, I needed a lot of help. My new baby was premature, jaundiced, in the NICU on IV antibiotics, scheduled for two spinal taps, having special heart and hearing tests done, and not allowed to nurse. It was a horrible experience which made me realize what a vital function breastfeeding counselors serve in modern society. The women at N.M.C. are warm, educated, and caring.

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my interactions with countless new mothers in the bay area.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund and publicize it more thoroughly.

April 3, 2011

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April 3, 2011

These volunteers helped me so much in the early days as a new parent. They were so kind. They reached out to me before my baby was born.
I asked questions and volunteers got right back to me with tips, advice encouragement and support.

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The counsel gave me support and confidence.

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March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

I am a first time Mother and I registered for a free breastfeeding class with NMC. The lecture itself was fantastic with a great video and pictures and a very experienced lecturer.
After my baby was born, I initially had a little problem breastfeeding--Some women might describe this as a good
problem to have--too much milk!
I called NMC volunteer and was connected to an absolutely wonderful and astute mother who recognized that part of my nervousness was from being a tired new mom just grappling with her new role . . . she gave me excellent tips for breastfeeding but also made me feel okay about being nervous/frustrated at times and within 2 weeks I found myself totally turned around and didn't have any problems with breastfeeding. She also gave me an excellent idea of donating excess milk to preemies. I would highly recommend every new mom to join NMC and I myself am looking forward to becoming a volunteer.

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I spent a day cleaning SF zoo

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I spent a day cleaning SF zoo

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

Nursing Mothers Counsel (NMC) is a great group. The members in the group are very nice and helpful. Their goal is to help nursing mothers. I am one of the moms who needs help in nursing. I have been having issues with nursing my baby and desperately looking for help until I found Nursing Mothers Counsel that I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I was referred to a lactation nurse to further assist me. Nursing Mothers Counsel gives me support and encouragement so I can continue to nurse. Please include Nursing Mothers Counsel as part of the 2011 Women's Empowerment Campaign and include Nursing Mothers Counsel on theTop-Rated Women's Nonprofits List for 2011.

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nursing

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I think this group is great.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

The lactation consultants at nursing mothers counsel helped me so much. I was a new mom, emotional and my baby was not nursing well. the first call was so supportive and Leslie basically told me it was ok, i was going to be ok and that I was doing a fantastic job. i really needed to hear that at the time. my husband was back to work and I was a mess. Then I got weekly phone calls from another volunteer that helped turned my troubles into successful nursing. It was amazing what over the phone coaching could do to help. And all of this was free. my volunteer een offered to come to my house. Other lactation consultant services were well over $100. I am very grateful to the volunteers at nursing mothers counci.

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so many ways. they helped me to nurse successfully.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I was a nervous first time mom last year. I wanted to give my baby the best he can have so I decided to at least breast feed for six months. It was a lot of work and I ran into various questions/issues during the 7 months I gave my baby breast milk.

The volunteers at Nursing Mothers are
amazingly helpful. Initially I wouldn't believe they are simply volunteers because I got their DIRECT phone number and can give them a call anytime I want. They'd encourage me to continue nursing and help me with any questions I might have. Such amazing support and consultation.

I wouldn't being able to do this alone without the help from those amazing volunteers. I really thank them for their time and effort.

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I called them frequently for a period of 8 months.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe have someone on call instead of every volunteers get called by the clients anytime they want?

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