Mothers and Babies Love Barbara Robertson!

“Barbara thank you so much for all your support over the years. With my daughter your consultation about working and breastfeeding was invaluable. Pumping at work had its challenges, but your personalized consultation helped me anticipate many of the challenges and to go into my return to work with a plan. More recently with my son you were essential in addressing some issues early on. I am happy to say, that as you predicted, he is nursing really well and has been for almost two years! Breastfeeding has been such a meaningful part of my relationship with my children and you played a critical part in helping me establish and continue these relationships. Your encouragement and knowledge are much appreciated. What a wonderful resource and asset you are for the community!” Katie L, Ann Arbor

“We wanted to thank you and the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor for enabling us to continue breastfeeding.  Without you,  I’m not sure we’d still be at it.  Andrea is doing better and better.  I appreciate you and the work you do, generously, skillfully, helping women and babies.  I feel so blessed to be able to give Andrea the emotional and physical benefits of nursing.”

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“I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and support with breastfeeding.  I’m glad there are people like you that are dedicated to the cause!!  You teach people that breastfeeding isn’t always easy but it can be done.”

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“Once again, thank you so very much for all of your love, belief, and support during our breastfeeding journey with Andreas.  We can not say enough about how much we appreciate you and how very undervalued “your” services seem to be nationwide.  Please know that we truly value you and will continue to recommend you highly to everyone we know with much appreciation.”

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“I wanted to thank you for all of your help and advice and encouragement during our nursing trails.  Max is almost a year old now and has been nursing like a champ since we last saw you.  Happily, my pump is currently gathering dust in the closet. : )”  Max was born 27 weeks gestationally at 2 lbs, 12 oz.  At almost 1 year, 20 lbs!

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“Please accept…my gratitude for your on-going support and encouragement.  You’ve shown me great kindness and I always feel better after talking to you.  I truly hope that our efforts will lead to a long and satisfying breastfeeding relationship.”

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“I had always assumed I would breastfeed Tal — because that is what babies do, they eat at the breast!  I hadn’t imagined ever having the kind of problems we faced, and the few weeks that we winged it on our own, armed only with The Nursing Mother’s Companion, the internet, and well meaning-but-often-conflicting-advice from various nursers, the hospitals lactation consultant and the internet, my mother’s disdain for the breast pump and the pediatricians’ were hellish.

Thank you so very much for diagnosing Tal’s tongue-tie, for helping me increase my milk supply, and for making it possible for Tal to breastfeed like a regular baby.  It has taken three months, but she has finally achieved has “first developmental milestone!”  Your encouragement and positive outlook made all the difference, and helped me to keep going despite setbacks.  The service you do to mothers and babies is invaluable.”

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“Without your help, breastfeeding would not have been successful–this, we know, for a fact…Once our baby arrived, we needed you to help us trough everything we faced…All my fears from my unsuccessful attempts to breastfeed our first child came back so having you at the house…was invaluable…You helped me get through this exremeley difficult time, helping me with my physical pain and, as you called it, my mental pain, as well.  You used your expertise, time and even a wonderful sense of humor to help us through this very challenging time.”

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“Being a new mom, I am around other new moms all the time.  There seems to be a pervasive lack of confidence.  I cannot count how many times I’ve heard self-defeating comments like, “I’m such a bad mom” or “I don’t know what I’m doing”.  I’ve heard a mom apologize to her baby for getting stuck with her for a mom.  Many of the comments are said tongue in cheek, but I since an underlying truth.  Some of it is just the nature of women, there seems to be no end to the depth of our own self doubt.  But a friend of mine with a baby three weeks younger then Elijah recently asked me why I seemed so confident as a mother .  Could the extra three weeks really make all the difference?  Could she expect to feel like she knew what she was doing in another month?  I didn’t really answer her, not feeling very self assured, myself.  But the question got me to thinking.

When I was still counting my son’s age in days, a woman who has seen hundreds of new babies and new moms called me “confident”.  You said I had bonded with him, that I was attached to him.  You made me feel like I knew what I was doing at time when I couldn’t have felt more frazzled, when I couldn’t have been more impressionable, when I had read too many books and heard too much advice.  Your confidence in my instincts helped me put my brain aside and just be a mom.  You made me think it was okay to just be mommy, and that my problems with breastfeeding did not indicate that I was failing as a parent, which was how I was feeling the the time.

I am very thankful to have met you.  Of course you helped me with breastfeeding, which is now a relationship with my son that I cherish.  But you also helped me with mothering, and that is something I could not have paid you to do. ”

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“Dear Ms. Robertson,

I was delighted to learn that the Michigan Breastfeeding Network has awarded you the 2009 Award for Outstanding Support of Breastfeeding in the Community.  I am so pleased that your efforts to support breastfeeding mothers have been recognized by the Breastfeeding Network.  I salute you on the occasion of this triumph.

You have made a lasting and significant contribution to health and well-being in Washtenaw County.  Your services are invaluable, not just to your clients and to Washtenaw County, but to our state as a whole.  Thank you for all you are doing to promote breastfeeding.

Sincerely,

Rebekah Warren
State Representative
53rd District”