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A co-worker gave birth about a month ago.  In her earlier stages of pregnancy, she debated whether or not she wanted to breastfeed.  I spent a lot fo time talking to her about the benefits, gave her some good books, and encouraged her to take the breastfeeding class at the local hospital (the one where I gave birth).  By the end of her pregnancy, she was gung-ho to breastfeed, and, when she left on maternity, I armed her with my number and a vow to be there to help.

Well, her birth was a rough one, and her daughter swallowed a few mouthfuls of amniotic fluid on the way out, causing respiratory problems.  She ended up at the special care hospital up north for a week after birth.  I was so afraid that she was going to have trouble starting or maintaining the breastfeeding relationship.  I left a couple of messages for her, encouraging her, but I had not heard back.  Well, I saw her this afternoon at our office holiday party, and, she excitedly told me that she is having a great time breastfeeding.  She was able to pump early on, and she dealt with a big problem--her daughter needed to be fed via IV and had a pacifier and had to learn to swallow.  She worked with a LC to teach her daughter to latch and swallow, and after a lot of hard work, had success.  She pumped and fed her daughter with a syringe, drop by drop to help keep her thriving--and she is already two pounds up from her birth weight, about 3 1/2 weeks later!

My co-worker told me that when she was having a hard time, she just kept remembering how encouraging I was, and kept saying she heard me telling her she could do it.  I feel so satisfied that I have been able to be a part of a mother's determination to keep breastfeeding!  Honestly?  One of the best gifts I could have received this holiday.

(oh, and I pulled #1 in the Yankee Swap today, meaning I got BEST pick of the loot....first time ever.  Yeah, baby!)

Date: 2006-12-19 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-canuck.livejournal.com
that is awesome, freaking awesome :D congratulations, you made a huge difference in both the mom's and the baby's lives!!!

Date: 2006-12-19 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majorgal.livejournal.com
I'm always careful to not be TOO aggressive in my encouragement, so it is satisfying to know that my advice was well-taken.

Date: 2006-12-19 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] m-nicole.livejournal.com
That is so great! I am so gung-ho on breastfeeding too and try to encourage as much as possible without being a PITA about it. (KWIM?) Anyhow, it is a really fine line and I am so glad you were able to help this mom out with the support and encouragement to keep it up. The mom and baby will both be better off in years to come because of it. What an amazing gift!

Date: 2006-12-19 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allyray231.livejournal.com
That is so cool!!

Date: 2006-12-19 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tennybird.livejournal.com
That is so wonderful!!! I'm sure in the long run it is a wonderful gift to her too!

Date: 2006-12-19 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trisigmanc.livejournal.com
That is so great.

I pulled #1 at ours too for the first time ever! Our presents were crap though, but I did get 5 yummy dark chocolate bars and ended up giving my new supervisor a cruddy vase from the office closet. ;)

Date: 2006-12-19 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladybug777.livejournal.com
That's wonderful!

Date: 2006-12-19 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hgmorgann.livejournal.com
Way to go! I'm happy she's been so successful breastfeediing! Its so worth it:-)

Yay for being #1

Date: 2006-12-19 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bombedier.livejournal.com
Kim - this is wonderful news! This is your co-worker you talked to me about previously I presume. You gave this mother and her baby the best gift you could! Well done Momma! And please pass along my congrats to your co-worker too!

props

Date: 2006-12-22 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eonoldvice.livejournal.com
Child rearing is completely out of my league, but kudos on being a role model for someone in need of one. The world needs more of this.

Re: props

Date: 2006-12-23 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majorgal.livejournal.com
What a nice and unexpected message...thank you, you just made my night. Happy Holidays to you!

Date: 2007-01-26 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedoorsgirl.livejournal.com
Hi there. I found your journal while doing a random search for interesting journals to read. I really like yours. I'm 7 months pregnant and definitely want to breastfeed. You were sweet to help your co-worker. I'm sure she appreciates it.

If I add you to my friend's list would you add me back?

Date: 2007-01-27 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majorgal.livejournal.com
Sure. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I was fortunate to have minimal issues with breastfeeding, but many friends did have challenges. All I can say is stick with it. Good luck!

Date: 2007-01-27 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedoorsgirl.livejournal.com
thank you so much!
I added you to my list. Look forward to chatting with you.
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