This woman was a gift sent from heaven in the first challenging days of new motherhood. No matter how major or minor the issue, who you have already seen, or what else you have going on in your busy life, GO SEE LINDA. She is so affordable it is actually ridiculous. She clearly does this work out of love to help mothers and babies, and make herself available to all. I met twice with a lactation consultant at the hospital and she was ok, but sort of took a "just keep trying, you guys will get the hang of it" approach. When I got home and my milk came in my daughter was unable to latch properly and was screaming whenever I tried to help her attach. It was so distressing to me to be unable to feed her well. I called Linda and she was able to see us the next afternoon but spent about 10-15 minutes on the phone with me that night offering advice. When we went to the pediatrician the next morning, my daughter had lost 10% of her birth weight and my doctor said we'd have to supplement with formula and come back the next day to weigh her. I told my pediatrician I was seeing Linda that afternoon and my pediatrician said, "Oh she's amazing. Do whatever she says, even if it is different from what I tell you. Linda helped me succeed in breastfeeding my own son 14 years ago." Visiting Linda's home office was so cozy and inviting it was like getting a hug, but she was so quickly able to diagnose the problem we were having and showed me a very specific way to position my body and my daughter that was life-changing. She wrote down simple detailed personalized step-by-step instructions for me to follow at home. I can't express how grateful I am for this woman - the gift she gave me (the ability to confidently feed my child and have it be a loving, enjoyable experience for us both) was priceless. The pediatrician called that night and told me we didn't have to come in the next day or supplement with formula as long as Linda felt things were going OK. My daughter is now six weeks old and exclusively breast fed and doing great. I'm going to go back to see Linda just to get advice on efficient pumping and positioning, even though we aren't having problems, because she is so skilled and knowledgeable. Do NOT hesitate for a second to call her - if you have even the slightest issue or question breastfeeding she will help!!
Linda helped me with both my children, and without her I probably would have given up trying to breastfeed in the first few months. There is so much pressure for immediate weight gain that formula is pushed on you from healthcare providers, creating an even more challenging environment for new moms to breastfeed. Linda is amazing, and each time I visited I would enter feeling like it was hopeless and leave feeling like everything will work out. She is always willing to answer questions via phone and wants you to check in, so having that extra resource was extremely helpful.
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