Leslie offers caring, non judgmental, and extremely informative support.
I had A LOT of difficulty breastfeeding my daughter during the first few weeks postpartum and I honestly thought I would never be able to do it. I had sever pain with nursing and experienced some postpartum depression. During Leslie's visit she spent significant time getting to know me and my daughter and understanding our challenges with nursing.
She offered a variety of solutions to try and we practiced nursing in numerous positions. Even after our consultation, she offered continued support via text messaging, email and phone. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have someone so knowledgeable on the art of breastfeeding just a phone call away. Leslie's support gave me the confidence I needed to continue trying to nurse notwithstanding the challenges I faced. I am now successfully breastfeeding my 4 month old and Leslie has even offered continued support over the months as I encountered new challenges with breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
Overall, Leslie structures her support around the hopes and wishes of the mother. It is apparent through her work that she is passionate about helping mothers feed their little ones with love. I recommend her with enthusiasm.
-Jessica P. Durham, NC
Leslie has been a phenomenal help to me. She has helped me establish successful early breastfeeding, and been available for additional help. She does home visits - so incredibly important because she can see you in your usual nursing setting, help you with positioning and latch. Beyond Birth Lactation also rents pumps and scales for the lowest price in town - an amazing service. I am successfully breastfeeding because of Leslie. My daughter is now 3 months old, nursing easily and at 75th percentile for weight. I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding with my first child. If I had only had Leslie with me, it would have been so different. She listened to my concerns, spent a long time going over my questions and came to help me the first day I was home with my daughter. Since then, as questions have arisen, she has quickly responded to emails. I've recommended her to my Lamaze classmates, playgroup parents and everyone I know who is pregnant!
-Meghan A., Durham, NC
We wanted to first thank you and give you an update on our baby. She has been exclusively breast fed for the last 2 months+ thanks to your help and support, and she weighed 14lbs 10oz at her 4 mth
check up at the beginning of March! She is a very happy baby and she is a super eater and pooper now! If it had not been for your advice and help making the appointment, we would have never gone to the ENT, which has allowed her to eat successfully. Also, we probably would not have found such a kind ENT without your recommendation for Dr. Pugh, so an experience that could have been scary turned out to be much better with her kindness and gentle approach. It also meant so much to us during those nerve wracking few weeks to have you be so available to us and check in on us when we couldn't think straight enough to reach out for support. We really cannot thank you enough!!
-Elizabeth, Chapel Hill, NC
I cannot overestimate how integral Leslie was to my breastfeeding experience with my second child. I had significant nursing problems with both of my sons, but this time Leslie helped me to feel much more relaxed, capable, and confident. She possesses a calm and gentle nature which immediately put me at ease, and her education and experience provided the information and perspective that I needed. Plus, the baby melted in her arms! Having Leslie's help was a wonderful experience.
-Jill, Durham, NC
“Leslie, my baby and I are doing so well since your visit. Breastfeeding is going so much better and you were such a big help to me. I am not having any more pain when nursing, which means the trepidation has gone and we are now both able to enjoy that time. My supply is up and I am so pleased with the progress. I am not religious at all, but I do believe that the universe has a way of helping you access just what you need, when you need it, and you really were that for me.”
-Jennifer, Durham, NC
I only have praise and admiration to share for Leslie.
I first met Leslie the day after I returned from the hospital with my new baby girl. I had started breast feeding in the hospital right after her birth, but our first night home became a different ballgame. Despite reviewing latching and positioning at the hospital, nothing seemed to go right the minute we came home. Both my little one and I were sleep deprived, crying and a little frantic. We called Leslie that morning and were surprised and ecstatic to meet her that afternoon. Immediately upon our first introduction I was at ease, with her calming, reassuring and nurturing manner, it would be hard to feel otherwise. I am so appreciative that Leslie came to our home, where I was able to review the difficulties we were having and employ new techniques in our own environment. Over a few hours, we were able to practice alternative positions as they could be employed day and night. Leslie was complete and thorough in her inquiry, wanting to know as much about us, our desires and needs as she accordingly tailored her advice and teaching. She listened, was compassionate and understanding. After that first session, I not only had more confidence in my ability to breast feed, but also felt reassured that I had someone else to help during those trying times.
After our initial session, Leslie continued to go to great lengths. She would check in routinely by phone or email, continuing to share other thoughts and resources. She not only helped us with our initial difficulties of latching, pain and technique. I also had a decreased supply and we learned a “slow flow.” My little girl had lost a significant amount of weight after delivery (beyond the expected ten percent) and was slow to gain back the weight she lost. Leslie reviewed various measures to aid in both increasing my supply and helping my little girl be as successful as she could when feeding.
I recounted to Leslie during our sessions as well as continue to believe now, if I had not had Leslie’s help, out of panic and desperation to keep my little one content, I wouldn’t have continued breast feeding as I had initially thought I had failed and it was not working for us. I am happy to report however, that at now almost two months of age, we continue to breast feed almost exclusively. My little girl has gone from a weight of six pounds and five ounces at her lowest recorded point after delivery, to almost ten pounds now. We are both so thankful for Leslie’s help and only have the highest respect and recommendations for her.
-Nadia Charguia, MD
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