I'm so glad I was referred to Diane during my struggles with nursing. At two weeks old, my daughter was having a very difficult time latching. It was so painful for me as well, but I didn't want to give up. Diane was very supportive of my thoughts and concerns. She was so helpful in giving me ideas to try while nursing, while allowing us space to try different things out. She was very responsive in getting back to my questions, and was always available for follow up questions. After many attempts and a lot of patience, my daughter finally got the latch down and the pain started to dwindle for me. If it weren’t for Diane's guidance, I probably would have given up on nursing. Diane is such a supportive, nurturing, and knowledgeable person. I highly recommend Diane as a lactation consultant.
— Crystal G.
Over a year later (at nearly three years old), Amia still nurses — I credit our ability to continue this long to Diane and the support and education Diane has provided us.
Luckily, Diane not only recognized Amia’s tie and the impact it was having on us, but she was super supportive and met with us multiple times (and answered countless emailed questions!) to help Amia learn to latch better. Amia is a sensitive child and has always been uncomfortable around people she doesn’t know well, and Diane was so gentle and patient with her, never forcing her to do anything she didn’t want to and always striving to make her feel as comfortable as possible by respecting her boundaries. I was so grateful, too, that Diane acknowledged that Amia might have some sensory issues (which no one else seemed to believe) and put me in touch with someone who could provide additional support for that.
I also really really appreciated her kindness and gentle compassionate nature, as the postpartum time is tough enough without adding feeding problems on top of it! Diane was very reassuring and comforting for ME at a time when I needed it.
My daughter responded really well to Diane's suggestions and I found my time with her to be not only helpful for our feeding issues but helpful for my confidence and comfort in those first few weeks of learning to feed a baby with a recent tongue and lip tie revision.
— Kara M.
The consult was incredibly helpful and we overcame the bottle rejection I was so concerned about. Several pieces of information and strategies Diane gave us were useful! We have used different bottles, positions, and other things Diane suggested to avoid distress for my son. This really worked!
— Laura M.
Thank you so much for everything. Your support has been so helpful to me in getting through this time - I don't know if I would still be breastfeeding without your support, and I am glad I am still going at it. When I first called you I was thinking about weaning. I really appreciated your support around weaning, and it gave me the courage to know that I had options. Things started to get better...yay! Overall I am feeling healthier and better. And my baby is doing great! I am really happy to have been able to keep breastfeeding all this time - she is almost six months. I really, really thank you for your support, you were a really, really an important connection for me during a hard time. I think you are wonderful and really great at your job!
— Sarah A.
I found out that my daughter Amia had a lip tie when she was a few months old. I was advised by a different IBCLC not to revise it because it didn’t seem to be causing any issues with nursing. When Amia was 15 months or so, we discovered several cavities on her front teeth, and I realized they were probably caused by the lip tie. So, we went on the hunt for a provider who could revise her tie and for an IBCLC that could support us through that process. I was concerned that Amia might wean early after the revision. I wanted to make sure we had an IBCLC who could help an older baby learn to latch correctly after revision and who understood about the impact ties can have on not only breastfeeding but other issues as well (speech, cavities, etc.).
Diane was an empowering and wise source of support for me and my newborn son at a crucial time when my son was struggling to breastfeed. I had already successfully breastfed my older two children and I knew something was wrong. None of the other professionals who worked with us could pinpoint the problem until Diane identified the issue so that we could resolve it. She was entirely correct and nursing from that point on was relaxed and easy.
Diane continued to support us, guiding me to meet my own breastfeeding goals. I recommend her highly — not only for her clinical expertise — which is impressive — but also her warm, supportive style.
— Suzanne F.
Since the consultation we have had way more success at latching and C is gaining lots of weight. You provided lots of ideas of things we could do to improve things further and a plan of action for how to deal with his tight little mouth. The consult was amazing and just what we needed. We are growing in confidence every day. Thank you!
When my youngest daughter was born, I called Diane for lactation support as soon as I noticed my baby was having problems at the breast. It seemed like she could not get a good latch and I was in pain when nursing her. Diane came to my house right away and began assessing my three-day-old daughter's latch. She quickly recognized the problem, offered ideas and research-based information and within a few days, all the problems were resolved. Diane followed up with us each day until she and I were confident that the breastfeeding issues were solved. She was readily available when I needed support and careful to respect our need for rest after having a new baby.
I came to Diane for help when my daughter was 26 months old. I had already experienced a wide range of issues that could come up while nursing.
This time I was in excruciating pain and I didn't know why. Diane met with me right away. I had considered myself to be very knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding but I was so impressed by how much she knows! She considered causes that I hadn't ever heard of and had ways to help that were new too. What a delight!
Diane is kind, easy to connect with and an exceptionally good listener. She was very respectful of my daughter's boundaries and supportive of our nursing relationship. She identified what was going on and suggested several things to help. My pain turned around within a few hours! She kept in contact with me for several days, suggesting new healing techniques as the problem shifted.
I called Diane when my third child was born because she had been a wonderful source of support for me after the birth of my first baby. When I first met Diane I was still struggling with an over supply of milk even after working with another lactation consultant. Diane helped me turn things around and was always patient, helpful, and a good listener.
I am fully healed a few days later and am so grateful. I strongly recommend Diane for anyone who needs help!
— Ellie W.
Diane was very knowledgeable and up to date with research on tongue and lip ties and how they affect feeding, and was very flexible in her approach,i.e., if something wasn't working or getting results she had many more options to try. I loved that she came to my house also, as both my baby and I were more comfortable.
We are so glad we knew to call Diane right away when breastfeeding didn't feel comfortable. Her advice and early intervention set us up on a wonderful path for long-term nursing. My daughter will be two years old this October and we are still happily nursing!
— Karli S.