I was in tears a few weeks after my first son was born because I had so many questions about breastfeeding. The hospital gave me the contact information for Nursing Mothers' Council upon discharge so I gave them a call. My questions were answered by a very sweet, helpful lady. She even followed up with an email with a video for me to watch. A few weeks later I had another question and emailed her to receive another quick response. This organization is very kind, helpful and responsive. I'm very thankful that this organization exists for mothers, especially as a first time mom.
I was having a very hard time with breastfeeding and was concerned that my daughter wasn't gaining weight appropriately. I weighed her on a Friday afternoon and confirmed my suspicions that there was a weight gain issue. I was in a panicked state, unable to contact other resources I had been relying on, and knew that the next time I could have an in-person consult was on Monday afternoon. NMC was available when I needed to talk to someone and they provided great advice to calm me down and get me through the weekend. Such a great resource and much needed for those fragile first weeks when breastfeeding challenges seem to never end!
Breastfeeding can be such a challenge and a troubling time for a new mom. NMC's volunteers are a great educated resource.
Breastfeeding was so hard and painful for me. I was thankful to have someone from the NMC come to my house for FREE and help me! Such a great resource!
It was an excellent resource when I needed. Great tips and kind advice from very nice , respectful and empathetic personal.
I took a breastfeeding class through NMC a week before my daughter was born. Out of all the preparation I did before she was born, this was the most valuable. And I also was able to sign up to have a counselor contact me after she was born. It was amazing to have someone to contact after I actually had my daughter and was actually struggling with breastfeeding. And all of this was free to me! NMC is beyond incredible.
This just came up in my facebook memories and it filled me with gratitude. Thanks to the Nursing Mothers Counsel in Santa Cruz, I was able to successfully breastfeed my NICU baby at a hospital that had no lactation department. I just recently ended breastfeeding after 2 wonderful years. All of my birthday wishes came true - thank you so much for all that you do!
The NMC breastfeeding class was the BEST. It was honest, simple, answered all our questions and concerns. I felt fairly prepared when our son arrived. Once he was here my counselor was available to answer questions as problems arose. I'm fairly certain I wouldn't have made it out of the first month without my counselors support. I was able to not only meet my goal of not needing formula while working full time, but was also able to let my son self wean. I recommend the NMC to anyone who tells me they're thinking of breastfeeding. Oh and they offer their services for FREE!
My first experience with NMC was in 1994, when I had my first daughter. I had attended a class at a local hospital before I gave birth. Once I was home with baby I was having a hard time adjusting to this new life and breastfeeding. I called NMC and was given a counselor. I must have called her everyday for a week or more. She was great and very patient with me. I stuck with it and everything went well. A few years later after my 2nd daughter was born, again I was in need of help. My baby wasn't gain weight and had sucking issues. I actually needed more help this time than the first. I was so thankful for the help I received through NMC that I too wanted to give back. I attended the training classes and became a NMC Couselor. I was able to help some new mothers get through those first few weeks and even doing a few home visits. It's been 15+ yrs since I volunteered with NMC but, to this day I still love to lend a hand to a new mommy with questions and concerns about her breastfeeding baby.
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.