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Grace and Baby Charlotte
Grace and Baby Charlotte

"When my daughter was four months old, we moved to Bolivia for my job and my milk supply plummeted. I tried everything I could read and tried to find local support and found lots of conflicting advice. Then I decided to contact via email the staff at Northern Virginia Lactation Consultants, where I initially had a consultation when Charlotte was a newborn. One of the LCs responded to me immediately with suggestions and research based websites so I could communicate better with my health care providers in Bolivia. I didn’t know if I could  fix my milk supply issue, but I was  so very grateful for the support and professional help from NVLC. I have sent a picture of us at an ancient Inca shrine that celebrates motherhood and I hope that I can continue to breastfeed my beautiful daughter for at least a year."

Baby Miles Thomas
Baby Miles Thomas

“Our family journey began with our early baby, Miles Thomas, a month early at 36 weeks. After birth Miles did not breastfeed and had a very difficult time latching and staying awake during the feeding. During our office visit, Nancy reassured us that he was acting very normal for a “near term” baby and that with maturity he would become a breastfeeding little boy. With her caring experience with early babies, she helped Miles learn to breastfeed while supporting my milk supply. Within several weeks, with lots of support from Nancy, Miles was going to breast more and more, we were becoming more confident parents in feeding and taking care of Miles. Now at three months, he is fully breastfeeding and I am a very happy mother. I hope we continue this beautiful wonderful relationship for many months to come.”

– Gloria S.- Mother of Miles

Priscilla, Dennis and baby Gray
Priscilla, Dennis and baby Gray

“My husband and I gave birth to our first child Gray in June, 2013. I didn’t know much about breastfeeding before that time, but we both knew we wanted to breastfeed our son. We know that breastfeeding was something that women and babies are designed to do, but we didn’t know that it was a learned art for both the mother and the baby. Our time in the beginning was rocky and required the assistance of an experienced Lactation Consultant.

We learned of Nancy Clark through our Doula, who spoke very highly of her. We called late on a Sunday evening and she gave us some tips to get through the night, until our morning home visit. Our first visit with Nancy changed everything. We were so grateful and relieved that Nancy could meet with us so quickly, since we know that the first two weeks is a critical time for mother and baby to establish breastfeeding. She taught me how to do a correct latch on, recognize hunger cues and address sore nipple and engorgement problems. She wrote out a plan for me and from that day forward, I was much more comfortable and confident breastfeeding.

Over the next three months, I emailed Nancy countless times with questions about my baby and she was always very responsive. She always spent as much time with us as we needed and did not rush us through a consultation. Nancy is a combination of everything I feel a LC should be: competent, nurturing, warm, honest, supportive and has exceptional expertise. My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Nancy and would recommend her to any of our friends looking for breastfeeding help.”

– Priscilla and Denis – Parents of Gray

baby Tien
baby Tien

“I developed mastitis at four months and was being treated by my physician, but I continued to have plugged ducts. My OB referred me to your practice, so I could clear the plugged ducts. When I arrived in your office, I was in a lot of pain and Nancy examined the infected breast and gave me ice packs to help me get more comfortable. Nancy coordinated my care with my physician to get well again and also gave me a care plan to recover and prevent future infections.

Thanks again for your follow up and the great care you provided. My visit with Nancy had a huge impact and helped me out on so many levels. I hope you are all keeping well.”

– Tien’s mom

baby Ria
baby Ria

"Thank you for taking such good care of us. Our baby Ria was so sleepy after birth she would not breastfeed. I started pumping, but I could not get her back to breast. My lactation consultant was patient and helped me with the transition to breast, while teaching me how to establish a good milk supply. Now at three months, I have a happy breastfeeding baby. I will now refer any breastfeeding mother who has problems to your practice."

– Keisha

twin-baby-boys

“I am a FTM to twin boys born November 16. The prospect of breastfeeding at all was daunting to me, much less to 2 newborns. Nancy came to our home and met with us pre-birth and gave us a primer on breastfeeding. I know very little. I had a very difficult twin pregnancy and it was hard to just get through the day, so research was low on my priority list. Nancy’s demeanor and positive attitude and understanding of my uncertainty about whether to breastfeed at all was super helpful to me. I didn’t know if I could do it, or be able to sustain it or produce enough milk for 2 babies. Just that one consultation allayed my initial misgivings. I reached out to Nancy while I was in the hospital and she talked me down from my anxiety and told me to keep at it with pumping to start my supply. My milk eventually did come in and I decided to pump and mostly bottle feed our boys. All the while, Nancy was totally supportive and understanding of my decision and I never felt any judgement from her. She gave me all of the information I needed when I needed it and I have only positive thoughts about our experience with NVLC. I highly recommend."

– M.M.

Baby Boy

“I worked with NVLC with all three of my boys and I have had great success meeting my breastfeeding goals every time with their help! Each of my boys presented different problems with nursing and I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed them had I not gone to them. The consultants supported me, and I didn’t want to give up with any of the boys and neither did the consultant! They have truly helped me with a variety of problems and issues. I am so glad that I reached out to them instead of trying to figure things out on my own. Breastfeeding is a journey that can be extremely stressful without the right support. NVLC provided that support and expertise that I needed."

– Joan A.

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