When my wife and I started trying for a family, I knew very little about breastfeeding. I knew that it was natural and free, but I assumed that, thanks to the miracles of modern science, formula was fine. I didn’t have a strong preference either way. My wife did a lot of research and informed me that breastfeeding was the route we should go with our child(ren). I supported that decision because I figured I just saved a bunch of money without having to switch to Geico.
However, when our first son was born, we found out that this beautiful and natural thing that mothers and babies have been doing since the beginning of humanity isn’t always easy. My wife and son weren’t having much luck with breastfeeding and, like any husband, I simply wanted to fix the problem and be the hero. However, breastfeeding was about as far away from my skill set as performing open heart surgery, so I was no help. The people at the hospital were nice, but were not able to offer nearly enough support to solve our issues. So when we were discharged we sought out another resource - MilkWorks.
We were able to see a lactation consultant the same day we called. Through the initial and follow up appointments all of the people we encountered at MilkWorks were kind and genuinely interested in helping us. The lactation consultants were able to troubleshoot the issues we were having and gave my wife the confidence she needed to work through the challenges of those first weeks and months of breastfeeding. The drop in weight checks and phone calls from the lactation consultant were also extremely helpful. Thanks to the wonderful folks at MilkWorks, my wife and son were able to have a successful breastfeeding relationship, and I was able to breathe a little easier without all the crying, from both of them.
It wasn’t until after we were saved by MilkWorks that I found out how lucky we are to live in Lincoln (and now Omaha!). I assumed there was a MilkWorks-type organization in all other major cities, but found out that MilkWorks is actually one of the best in the country and that people come from hundreds of miles away to get the knowledgeable, caring support we drove just five minutes to get.
When a spot opened up to serve on the MilkWorks board of directors, I applied without a moment’s hesitation. I was, and still am, grateful for what MilkWorks has done for my family, and wanted to do all I could to help them continue to serve the families of Lincoln, Omaha, and beyond. After welcoming three kids, and serving on the MilkWorks board for a number of years, I know quite a bit more about breastfeeding than I did in the beginning. One of the most important things I have learned is what a valuable resource MilkWorks is for helping mothers and babies breastfeed. We are lucky to have such an organization close to home!