A Community of Support

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  1. I had a very hard time in the beginning breastfeeding my son. I found support through the classes, groups and a lactation consultation. Sometimes it helped, just to know you were there. I try to support the center by buying the things I need there, even if it requires a special trip. Thanks!

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  2. I took several classes at the center, bought a bunch of items from the store and am still renting a hospital grade pump!

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  3. The breastfeeding center has helped me when I war starting to doubt my ability to breastfeed. They not only gave me the confidence to work through the problems Iwashaving with latching but also gave me the help with other products to improve milk production. I thank you guys!

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  4. I feel like I’m at the Breastfeeding Center at least once a month – I took a class while pregnant, had help from a lactation consultant in those first few (painful) days of nursing, and stop by for all of my nursing, nursingwear, pumping, baby “stuff,” and cloth diapering needs. The ladies are always so knowledgeable and friendly, and I love my experiences.
    To make sure this great resource stays around for others (and for my future baby needs), I buy local (instead of amazon) and recommend the Breastfeeding Center to all of my mommy- and future mommy-friends.
    Thanks for being such an amazing resource in our community!

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  5. During pregnancy, I remember feeling puzzled by the concept of breastfeeding “support.” How hard could it be, I figured? Doesn’t the baby just figure it out? But I walked by the Breastfeeding Center every time I went to my prenatal checkups, and I grew curious enough to pick up a calendar of events. The price tag on the Breastfeeding Basics class couldn’t be beat –free!– so I signed up. I am so glad that I did. Although at the time it felt a little awkward (those women in the video were baring their breasts so freely!), the detailed examples of what a proper latch looks like came in very handy in the early weeks with my daughter, when we were both fumbling to figure things out. And when she ended up in the special care nursery for a few days after birth, what I’d learned in class about the importance of establishing supply came back to my mind and motivated me to pump every three hours even when she was (temporarily) being given formula. Thanks in large part to what I learned in that brief, free class, my daughter is now 6 months old and a very health breastfed baby. I’ll definitely recommend the center to others. Thank you!

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  6. I had mastitis from plugged ducts straight for a few months, and a consultation was very helpful. To support the center, I have bought many items in the shop and plan to donate milk!

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  7. The groups at the Breastfeeding Center are amazing as is Pat. However, I support the Breastfeeding Center by buying whatever I can there and telling all the moms I can about it.

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  8. The BFC changed my life – it gave me the confidence to breastfeed, helped my first son and I through the first difficult weeks and helped us connect with a community of moms for life long friends – I even found my awesome job with flexible hours and Breastfeeding friendly through friends I met there !! Now with my 3rd baby I still go. I have supported the center by buying, donations through my workplace and directly and now supporting other new moms. Thanks so much for being there for so many of us!!

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  9. Soon after my son was born and I was alone struggling with thrush that seemed to last forever- I went to the breastfeeding class and a few private visits– It gave me the encouragement to nurse for 18mo! Now I refer everyone I know that is pregnant to visit!

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  10. I took several classes at the Breastfeeding Center when my first daughter was a baby four yrs ago: pump basics, return to work, the solids class…all tremendously helpful! And as far as supporting the Center: I am a federal employee and have made charitable contributions to the Center through the federal Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

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  11. Every time I’ve been to the center (or have even just called or emailed), everyone has been incredibly nice and helpful. I’m still pregnant, but I really appreciated the free baby wrap fittings (tried on several before purchasing a Moby) and information about pump purchases and rentals. I’ve supported the center by making purchases there and also telling a pregnant friend to go – which she did, and loved it! I plan to tell all pregnant moms I meet about it!

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  12. The center definitely has given me knowledge and confidence in breastfeeding and comfort in knowing I have a place to go for when I need to troubleshoot problems I am having breastfeeding. I have found the staff and community of women who attend the classes to be amazing and empowering! I have started spreading the word to pregnant mamas who are not in the know of the center and encouraging them to go take classes before their baby arrives.

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  13. The center has offered a safe haven for me to learn all that I needed to know throughout these past few months as a breastfeeding mama who has never been exposed to breastfeeding. I always repost interesting articles from your FB page and refer my new mama friends to you!

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  14. The center taught me everything I needed to know about breastfeeding prior to having my son and gave me a lot more confidence in my ability to do it (my sister had a terrible time and I stressed out about it unreasonably). It also taught my husband everything he needed to be an amazing support person. Without that class, I don’t think he could have helped nearly as much as he did. I have directed every pregnant friend I have to the center and pop in frequently after pediatrician visits. I love that you have started carrying cloth diapers (although my wallet may disagree).

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  15. I took classes, and refer my friends there.

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  16. The Center not only offers incredibly important and timely advice through its classes but also offers an informal way to build a community of mothers who can in turn support each other through the challenges – and joys! – of caring for our children. The class is just a starting point for longer term connections. After attending, I met other mothers who started a FB page and regularly post comments on ideas for breastfeeding. I also meet other moms I’ve met through the Center for playdates and other events. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to take classes with Nurse Shelly for Returning to Work and other amazing volunteer teachers and facilitators on topics such as Breastfeeding the Toddler and Starting Solids. On a practical level, I’ve also taken advantage of the location to purchase much needed supplies – everything from breastfeeding pillows, nursing bras, nursing dresses, and Vitamin D drops – to just dropping by the Center to use the scale. The staff are patient and kind in advising on a variety of topics, from serious technical related issues of breastfeeding and pumping equipment to the lighthearted like giving nursing fashion advice! I always leave feeling relieved to be part of such a strong community of women and am happy to volunteer or donate in other ways to support such a valuable and much needed supportive community space.

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  17. I took two classes here with my first baby on how to breastfeed and how to wear a baby. It was my very first introduction to both topics. It helped the transition. In order to support others, I have told friends who are having trouble with breastfeeding about the center’s resources.

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  18. The breastfeeding center helped me when our son was new with all the classes and groups. I support the center by shopping at the store!

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  19. The breastfeeding center’s monthly session for toddlers reminded me that I’m not alone and helped me find resolve when I thought about quitting. I alway recommend new mothers visit the breastfeeding center.

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  20. With my first daughter I never could have held on and nursed as long as I did without the instruction and support of the breastfeeding center. I had consultations with the lactation consultants and attended classes with moms in a similar stage as myself for support. It was a lifeline I needed so much in the early months with daughter #1. By the time daughter #2 came around I knew that I needed a consultation to get me over a few lingering issues and right away things improved. I’ve been able to breastfeed even longer the second time around. The center has also been amazing as I returned to work after each child was born and inevitably had questions or pump issues I needed resolved.

    I primarily support the Breastfeeding Center through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). I love that deductions from my paychecks are going directly to a cause I feel so good about supporting. I’ve also had family portraits taken during the photography events and enjoy giving to the center that way as well.

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  21. I am pretty new to the Breastfeeding Center, but so far, it has been incredibly helpful. The classes I’ve taken so far have been great. I am from the West originally, so am here in DC with no family and very few friends with children. I feel like the Center is such a supportive group, and I am looking forward to continuing to use the services after I deliver in November. I have also contributed to the Center by purchasing items in the shop and look forward to contributing to the center in other ways going forward.

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    • Hi Heather! You are the winner of the 2 Free Nursing Bras! Please let us know if you’d still like to have them, and when you’d like to set up an appointment for a fitting?

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  22. The breastfeeding center has been a wonderful resource for both my husband and I. We’ve been fortunate to take classes and also especially appreciate the moral support that the 0-4 class has provided! I found myself tearing up many times during my recent and first class! I support the center my telling all my pregnant friends about it, will continue to contribute as a community member attending classes and planning a shopping session with my husband after next week’s class! thank you for all that you do:)

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  23. I have found very helpful the classes that I have attended at the breastfeeding center. I had never taken a class or read anything before, so it was a good first immersion.
    I try to buy there things I need, after classes, to do my part

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  24. I have a lot of pregnant friends and I always refer them to the breastfeeding center. That’s the best way I know how to help support the center, considering I’m a starving college student (with friends who have real jobs and are able to donate monetarily when I can’t)! I took the beginning breastfeeding classes while I was pregnant, and when breastfeeding started going downhill by the second week, I relied on the 0-4 month class and on several lactation consultations. We beat the odds, made it through the rough spots and are still happily breastfeeding at 9 months! Thank you, Breastfeeding Center for all you do! I hope that this nonprofit pops up in other locations throughout the United States and beyond!

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  25. I found the Center to be a great resource for information, particularly about whether various medications that I have been prescribed were safe for breastfeeding, and for support as I continue to nurse my 2-year-old daughter until she self-weans. As a SAHM, our budget is pretty limited, so I haven’t been able to provide much in the way of financial support to the Center–though I did purchase a pump from you guys, so I guess that’s something! But I have enjoyed connecting with other moms through the BCGW 1 year+ Facebook group, though I haven’t been active on it (or Facebook in general) lately. Thanks for all you do!

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  26. When I was pregnant, I had no clue about breast feeding: how to do it or how hard it was Going to be. The classes have helped so much and kept me going when I feel like I’m doing is nursing non stop. The Center has also supported me in learning how to pump! Thank you! I support the center through telling others about it and buying my nursing needs from the center rather than somewhere else.

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  27. I just took the breastfeeding basics class yesterday and found it so helpful! I’m expecting my first child at the end of October and I’m so thankful for the Center’s resources – I feel like I will be as ready as possible for breastfeeding! Right now, I plan to support the center by spreading the word about it’s resources to my friends so the informed breastfeeding community continues to grow!

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  28. I had a private lactation consultation and it helped tremendously. I attend the 0-4 month group and share as many tips as I can with other moms to make their breastfeeding experiences as easy as possible.

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