Leigh Anne, thank you again for your highly engaged time, guidance re: nursing and pumping, assessment of Miles, and support for Mike and me as new parents this week. You helped us when we needed it most and really enabled us to turn a corner.
Your support for me personally and the confidence you instilled in me as a new nursing mom was equally important. I was trying to put on a brave face but the way the pediatrician had spoken to me and insisted I needed to supplement had really undermined my confidence. Working with you on how to position and latch Miles helped me realize that I wasn't wildly off base. Your subtle, guidance on positioning has been game changing in enabling me to latch and feed Miles with much less pain for the past few days.
Breastfeeding now seems sustainable to me and something I enjoy as time spent with Miles vs. something where I just want to try to get through it for him and grin and bear the pain. My nipples are healing nicely and I expect soon to have no pain.
Your assessment of Miles as having a very tight jaw due to his breech position and giant little baby head (it's true 99% at birth) was all spot on. Having seen or talked to three prior lactation consultants, seen a pediatrician in the hospital daily, and a second one twice post discharge, none of these professionals had taken the time to listen to me about how the latch felt and to figure out how that corresponded with Miles's womb positioning, head size, pallet, and jaw. We are doing his exercises daily; he likes the jaw massage and has started doing lion, which is great!
Finally in addition to the in person expertise the references and literature you followed up with re: options for baby bodywork and lactation and breast feeding support groups have been excellent. We feel much better informed as parents thanks to you.
We can't say it enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Leigh Anne’s expert advice and encouragement saved my sanity and likely my breastfeeding relationship with my two-week old slow-gaining baby. She was the calm and supportive voice I needed to hear when the pediatrician was doing daily weight checks and I was on the verge of giving up.
I am so thankful that my baby is gaining well now, my supply is up and I can relax and go back to being the kind, supportive mom I want to be for my three kids. I can't thank her enough!
Stefanie Charlottesville, VA
(Formerly Forest Hills, Queens)
Hi Leigh Anne,
I just want to say you cannot even begin to know how you have helped me. My entire being and heart is lighter and I literally feel like a new person.
Your support and help has allowed me to start becoming the mother I want to be; relaxed, calm, and comforting and loving. None of which came easy when I was in such pain and feeling so desperate.
Thank you too for your warmth and your kindness, empathy and patience. My parents and I went for a walk with Emiliana in the stroller and we couldn't have been happier.
When I called my husband was ecstatic to see me looking so relaxed and peaceful.
Please know that you have made an entire new family a happier one.
All good things,
Battery Park City
All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I am so grateful for your calm and caring presence, it made all the difference to what was becoming a fraught and stressful experience.
Hi Leigh Anne,
I just wanted to thank you for consulting with me and Easton. You were so easy to talk to and really put my mind at ease with knowing he was getting enough milk. Feedings are going well and he is gaining weight!
Thank you, again!
"I really have to thank you for letting me know I still had time to increase my milk supply and that it was all possible. I was close to giving up. And I really thought making it to 3 months would be as far as I could get. Now I'm sure I can make it to 6 months to a year -- the longer the better. "
"Thanks Leigh Anne, you've been very helpful and informative. You've made breast feeding much less stressful and more enjoyable the second time around."
Upper West Side
Leigh Anne has been a gold mine of helpful answers when I really needed them with unexpected challenges breast-feeding has occasionally presented (over a couple of babies). She is extremely generous with her time, knowledge and insight. Her manner is loving, supportive and clear. Her follow through is thorough. And her commitment that families thrive is so clear. Leigh Anne has been a gift for us.
Hi Leigh Anne,
I'm thrilled to tell you that Audrey and I are doing wonderfully, especially with breastfeeding. It's been about a month since her frenulectomy, and not only is she gaining weight well, we are both happy! I no longer feel any pain breastfeeding her. I never thought I'd say this given what we went through, but I really enjoy nursing her now!
I have to say that I never would have made it this far (and plan to continue nursing her for a very long time!) without your support. Your expertise and passion for breastfeeding is invaluable, and I cannot thank you enough. I'm so grateful!!
You helped me with my twins, Tristan and Ajax. We are doing great. They are getting all breast milk now, nursing on the weekends/nights and my pumped milk during the weekdays as I am back a work. I keep thinking about what a long way we've come through all of this! Thank you so much for all of your support and help.
You have been more help to us than I can even say... I doubt we would have had our great success without your calm approach and knowledge... you made us all feel so comfortable and capable to continue to try...
You have also been so kind and generous with the follow up calls... we feel so lucky your name was given to us and so grateful for everything you have done...
thanks again for everything....
Upper West Side
I didn't expect to need any help with nursing my second baby, since my experience nursing my first child was such a positive and trouble-free one. However, each child is different, and I was also surprised to discover how much I'd forgotten. Leigh Anne is not only knowledgeable, she is a kind, soothing presence at a moment in life where all about you is chaos. She offers always thoughtful advice and never treats any question as if it is foolish. I have recommended her services wholeheartedly to each of my friends - because Leigh Anne is able to help any nursing family find the right balance, whatever their goals and needs may be.
Leigh Anne saved my life. As a first time mom trying to make sense of my physical recovery while also responding to the needs of my infant son, Leigh Anne provided the essential help that I needed to successfully nurse my son. She provided the critical tools, understanding and knowledge as well as boundless empathy and confidence building advice which allowed me to enjoy a very special time with my son. With Leigh Anne's support, my son benefited from the greatest gift a mother can give to her child.
When my baby girl was about 10 days of age breastfeeding was painful, I had blisters that were starting to heal. I was soaking my nipples in linolin, but regardless they were sore. It felt like she was pinching on my nipples when she was nursing. Her sucking was excruciatingly powerful.
But that wasn't all, my daughter was fussy on the breast and she was struggling to latch on. She seemed to be frustrated with my breasts, shacking her head anxiously from left to right. I felt inadequate and all in all very sad that I couldn't help my baby. I wasn't sure if she was hungry, because I didn't know how much milk she was actually getting. Not to mention that I had no help with breastfeeding in the hospital, where they in fact suggested that I give my baby a bottle! Well, for me that wasn't a solution!
Leigh Anne came, and after a brief look at my baby, suggested that she may have a so called torticollis, which is a stiff neck in babies due to the in utero position. This explained her bottom lip dropping on one side. And this also explained her struggling to nurse, simply because it was painful for her to turn her little head to one side. Also, she was "chopping" on my nipples because the stiff neck is directly connected to the jaw muscles.
Leigh Anne helped me with a few different latch on techniques and reassured me that I do have a substantial milk supply after my baby burped it all out. She has also recommended a craniosacral therapist for her. (craniosacral therapy is a very gentle and babies love it).
Now at 9 weeks old, she had 3 craniosacral therapies and is growing beautifully and nursing beautifully.
A professional in the new parent industry, though not yet a mother, I have watched Leigh Anne instruct women on the brink of first-time motherhood navigate their hopes and fears of breastfeeding. Her ease with the subject matter helps assuage preconceived taboos, guilt, obligation and fears that women have formed about their body and about breastfeeding. She helps demystify something that is innate to all mothers, and guides them through the very logical nature of infant need. She has a beautiful and comforting presence and reminds her audience that although their amazing journey will at times be difficult, they are not alone.
Leigh Anne is not only an expert in her field, but she has the patience and kindness required to help the dance between mother and child to occur seamlessly. Leigh Anne has helped my family immensely by getting our breastfeeding up and running during a time when my husband and I needed it the most. Her support through such a trying time is something that we don't think we could have done without. Because of Leigh Anne's generosity, dedication, and expertise, our family is now thriving. We are eternally grateful to her!
Lower East Side