We had some difficulties with latching when Ryan was born, but with Christine's help and expertise, I was able to nurse Ryan and he is a happy, growing baby! In particular, Ryan had moderate tongue and upper lip ties and Christine was very supportive throughout the whole process from going with us to the dental office where Ryan's tongue and lip ties were revised via laser and following up on his recovery. We are incredibly lucky to have worked with Christine as we would have given up on breastfeeding without her help and advice.
Jeremy, Sharon and Ryan Wong
I first got in touch with Christine when my baby son was seven and a half weeks old. I'd expected it could take 6-8 weeks for a breastfeeding relationship to settle down, but after dealing with a lip tie and two tongue tie clips, and both engorgement and low supply, we were still struggling as the 8 week mark approached. His patchy weight gain had seen him drop from the 35th percentile to the 1st and he could only latch on with the help of a nipple shield, which was less painful but still uncomfortable for me. I was anxious about his weight gain, increasingly demoralized and just about ready to quit.
Christine returned my call within hours and came round to our house the very next morning. She took the time to really understand the challenges we'd faced and the difficulties we still had. Together, we came up with a plan and at the end of the initial session I felt more optimistic about our chances than I had for a while. Over the following weeks there were plenty of ups and downs but Christine was there for us every step of the way, applauding our successes and always available with expert advice, encouragement or just the moral support I needed to keep on trying on the tough days. I'd hoped there'd be an easy fix for our breastfeeding problems but instead it took another 7 or 8 weeks of hard work before things gradually came together. My son is now almost 4 months old and breastfeeding finally feels like a relationship with him rather then an ordeal. At long last I no longer dread each feeding. In fact, I'm actually starting to enjoy having my son at my breast - something I'd doubted I would ever experience. I'm so grateful for Christine's support. Without it I don't know how I would have found the persistence and determination to make that journey.
- Mommy of baby B
I was about to give up breastfeeding altogether. I had tried everything including sessions with doctors and nurses but I was still struggling with breastfeeding. My husband suggested hiring a private LC who would come to our home - this is when we met Christine.
Let me tell you a bit about my situation. I had an emergency c-section and my baby was born a month early. She was just over 6 pounds. It took a few days for my milk to come in so my baby girl drank formula from the bottle. When she first started breastfeed we struggled with the latch. Her doctor told us she was tongue tied so we had the tie clipped. But that didn't solve all of the problems. She would still fall asleep half way through a feed or she would scream and not take my breast. She was also only able to feed using a nipple shield.
Fast forward to Christine. I found Christine's information online and I called her. It was 9pm at night but I was desperate. To my surprise, she called me back a few minutes later and said she would make arrangements to come the next day. When she showed up she was very positive and eager to figure out what was wrong. Unlike the nurses that I spoke to, she seemed to really care and appreciate my concerns. She stayed with me for 4 hours and said she wouldn't leave until we figured it out. That meant the world to me and took off a lot of the pressure I was feeling. Christine made me want to breastfeed when I just wanted to give up. She gave me a detailed plan that set out the number of times I needed to feed, pump and how much to supplement. She came over a week later and she amended the plan further. She also called and emailed me to check up on my progress throughout. Within a few weeks I was breastfeeding regularly and without the nipple shield! I owe it all to Christine because without her believing in me and dedicating her time to helping me - I probably wouldn't have a breastfed baby.
- Mommy of baby H
Christine provided me with excellent breastfeeding support. Getting my baby to latch on properly was never easy for me. I was discouraged and put the fault on my shoulders. I asked for help at the hospital, at the first public health nurse appointment at home and even asked Calgary health services for a special appointment the following week. Nothing really helped me understand the real issues I was facing. Christine came right away to my house and took the time to analyze the situation, the cause, the solutions and especially listen to me. She made me feel reassured, hopeful, confident, knowledgeable and gave me the energy I needed to continue. She constantly supported me over the phone, by email, and didn't hesitate to come back to my home to help me more. She is the sweetest person. She is compassionate. She is generous. She is devoted. The support group is exactly what we need, SUPPORT! To share our experiences and learn from others. Plus having 2 experts to answer questions is priceless. I would recommend Christine to whoever needs help breastfeeding for any issue - big or small. I wish I would have known her for my first child!
- Nathalie & baby Lemy
Christine's support and knowledge were invaluable after our twin boys were born - we couldn't be more grateful for all the help and wisdom she provided us with. Breastfeeding is wonderful, but it can also be very challenging to figure out. We were so exhausted and overwhelmed when we came home with our boys, and know beyond a doubt that we wouldn't have had success breastfeeding without Christine's input. She went above and beyond at each visit to give us the tools to ensure our boys were thriving, and we always looked forward to being around her warm, positive energy.
- Jen and Jasone