Breastfeeding hasn't been an easy journey. My baby and I started off breastfeeding rough, as she didn't have a deep enough latch so feeding was extremely painful. At the time I saw a different lactaction consultant who advised that I use a nipple shield. I used it for weeks and while it relieved any nipple pain, it really upset my baby who couldn't get enough milk from each feeding. I ended up having to battle with her each session and pump at the same time, leaving me extremely overwhelmed and tired.
I thought about throwing in the towel and even close loved ones suggested that I just pump exclusively but determined not to give up I researched lactaction consultants in the middle of one particularly difficult night and found Goldilacts. I sent in a request form and in less than a hour, Candice J reached out to me via email to set up a time to chat. When we first connected on the phones, it was as if we've known each other before! She literally had the same breastfeeding journey as I did, getting a breast abscess early into our journey. Her ability to be so understanding, empathetic, warm and non judgmental immediately had me booking an appointment. Candice J showed up bright and early on a Saturday morning and after a getting to know us conversation, we jumped right into breastfeeding. After observing my baby's latch, she suggested we remove the nipple shield and attempt the latch. I was extremely nervous but trusted her judgment, and I kid you not, my baby latched perfected fine the first attempt!! Not only that, we tried different positions and my daughter continued latching just fine. The biggest test of course was after Candice left. I was nervous but Candice cheered me on via text message throughout that day. My daughter latched just fine that following feeding and all subsequent feedings afterwards! I went from feeding her with a bottle for half of her feedings to exclusively breast in a matter of two days. Candice J literally is a breastfeeding fairy godmother!
I highly recommend using Goldilacts and asking for Candice J. She cares so much about the breastfeeding journey and the mamas involved. She remains so responsive and supportive of all my following questions even months after our initial consultation because she truly cares. I feel lucky to have found Goldilacts when I did or else I might not still be breastfeeding today.
I just had my first baby and I've worked with Candice Nicole for many weeks now and I cannot say better things go about how incredible she has been to us.
From the initial introduction call to our several hour educational prep course to our follow up virtual chats and alllll the texts in between - Candice is a warm, kind, nurturing, empathetic, mama bear and most of all she knows her Shit!!
She's so sharp and makes me feel very seen and heard and her support has truly empowered both me and my Husband.
We've accomplished so much virtually that I have been amazed by! She has your back no matter what struggle or question may arise.
I spoke with many lactation consultants before we went with goldilacts and Candice and it's because her communication style, warmth, and attention to detail stood out above all the others.
I can't recommend Candice and her team enough. I'm a very tough cookie to impress and she has gone so far above and beyond.
We're very grateful to have found her!