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#1 of 8 Old 04-09-2009, 07:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I want to go from exclusive pumping to breastfeeding after my son's cleft surgery later this month. He will be 3 months on 4/28. I need a really good LC!
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I cannot say enough good things about Cindi Freeman.
http://www.lactationcoach.com/index.html
She has a very calm, positive demeanor and really connects with moms and babies. She is in Cary.
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In Chapel Hill--Ellen Chetwynd, UNC Family Practice 966-2109; or Mary Rose Tully at UNC Hospital--she tends to have seen it ALL.
In Raleigh--Ann Conlon-Smith (I don't have her number handy, just google her)
Cindi Freeman is also great!
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Ahhh, Pinky beat me to it! (hey B!)

I was going to recommend Ellen or Mary Rose at UNC.

My dd was hospitalized at UNC after her birth and was too weak to nurse due to her illness. I had been pumping and finger feeding her. 2 IBCLCs in the hospital tried to help us over the course of several visits (while we were inpatient), but w/no luck. One wanted me to use a nipple shield (that *didn't* address the problem and dd still wouldn't/couldn't latch!) and one spent her last visit w/us trying to convince me to put her on a bottle. Sigh. I refused, as I felt strongly that we were closer than that- we just needed the right help.

Well, a stroke of luck sent Mary Rose Tully to our room next, and w/in 20 min, dd had nursed on both breasts for the first time in a week. :

I was so ecstatic, of course. I felt like Mary Rose was direct and confident, and very intuitive to what was going on w/dd and how to resolve it. And resolve it she did! DD will be 3 in June and is nursing strong!

Ellen is also very experienced and knowledgeable and just really nice.

Where will the surgery be? If it's at UNC, it will be easy to see either of these 2 women. If not, you can call lactation services at UNC (Mary Rose heads it up) or Family Practice (where Ellen works from) to see about scheduling an appt.

Best of luck to you and your little one!
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I third Ellen Chetwynd. I had a horrible supply issue after my son was born with temporary paralysis on his left side. Ellen worked with us twice a week for 6 weeks until he was exclusively breastfed at last!

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I want to go from exclusive pumping to breastfeeding after my son's cleft surgery later this month. He will be 3 months on 4/28. I need a really good LC!
I love Mary Rose at UNC. She really is very comforting and confident that babies can nurse no matter what the circumstances. I saw her when my son was 5 days old and she was great. After he started having eating issues due to reflux, I lost my confidence and at 9 weeks went back to her. By that point I'd been exclusivly pumping for a few weeks and been using a nipple shield for a few weeks before that. She has us nursing in one visit. it took me about a week using a SNS to get my DS started but after that he was fine and now is a pro!

In hospital i had the same experiences as Mama de dos, but Mary Rose changed everything!
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I saw about 5 lactation consultants at UNC. I don't remember any of the first 4 but the last one I saw was Mary Rose Tulley and she was the best. She helped me better than all the rest of them.

I also had Ann Conlon-Smith come to my house because I was having some issues and I live in Raleigh. She was great too! I'd recommend both of them. HTH!
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I second Cindi Freeman--she is in private practice, she'll come to your house!
Good luck and I'm so glad you are going to get the help you need to be successful!!
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