My daughter is 2.5 weeks old and when she was 4 days old I did a frantic and desperate google search of lactation consultants. Quite frankly I called or texted every one I could find and Candice J was not only the first to respond, but could see me the next day and had an amazingly calming phone presence that I desperately needed while my daughter was screaming in the background! Even in that initial phone conversation she made me feel better, like I wasn't the breastfeeding failure I was considering myself, she supported and advised me before she'd even met me! She came the very next day to help, and was with us for over 2 hours. She is basically a breastfeeding doctor, she explained the science and practice of breastfeeding in ways I'd never heard and I understood it so much better just for that. She then helped my daughter latch, and gave me the tips and advice on how to continue our feeding journey. My daughter had been in the NICU for 2 days and had formula in bottles and then my pumped milk in bottles and would just scream when offered the breast. This of course devastated and stressed me out to no end but she remained calm and steady and so helpful I could cry tears of gratitude just thinking about it! By the time she left I was breastfeeding successfully and calmly for the first time. We had a couple latch issues after that and would text Candice and send her videos of the latch and she would text back or call back within minutes. There hasn't really been a day since that we haven't been in contact. Either a question from me or her checking in on us. She is truly a part of our breastfeeding journey, and honestly is the main reason we HAVE a healthy breastfeeding journey! Her tips and suggestions not only help me feed my daughter, but keep me calm and grounded and in control so that I can be the best for myself and my daughter. I have recommended her to 2 friends now, one across the country and one locally. She has been able to help both and am so happy to have her in my life and be able to have her help my friends! Breastfeeding is so much more than I ever realized, and Candice makes it so doable and makes me feel like I am not alone and supported in every way. I cannot thank you enough Candice!!
Is it possible to give 100 stars? Where do I even begin??! My son was 12 days old at the time and I was up up late at night in tears, struggling to get my little guy to gain weight. We had been trying to get into the groove of things with breastfeeding but for some reason he wasn't latching so I did what I did with my other children - I resorted into using a nipple sheild but he still wasn't gaining. He had lost 10.5% of his birth weight and we were going to the pediatrician every 3 days to get weighed in and they were pressuring me to start using formula. A couple of days before I made the call to Golidlacts, my little guy, at 10 days old had a laser procedure done to correct his tongue tie. What I didn't realize at the time is that after the procedure, the little ones need to re-learn how to use their tongue. We were already struggling with nursing and now had to deal with all this. I googled lactation consultants that night and was drawn to Goldilacts immediately. I reached out and within minutes got a response from Candice E. We scheduled a consult for the very next day. As soon as I opened I felt better. Candice gave me not only the confidence I needed but the encouragement to keep going. She watched my son and I in our own element and how we were doing things and gave us pointers. Candice E. gave me instructions on how to wean LO off the shield and positions that worked but most importantly when she left, I knew I had a new friend and a great cheerleader. Pediatricians fill your head with worries and mine (and the hospital) were so strong on us starting formula feed but deep down I knew that wasn't the path for us. We worked through it all, with Candice E. a phone call/text away. We are 9 weeks and counting and I can not stop recommending Goldilacts to everyone I cross paths with. I kid you not, I think about Candice E. and the guidance she gave me and how thankful I am for her support each and every single day. You won't regret giving Goldilacts a call!