From A Dad’s Perspective
One of the best advice that Yvonne has given me which continues to resonate with me till this day is “your daughter feels everything you feel”. I became so frustrated when my wife returned to work and my daughter would NOT take the bottle. I thought my neighbors were going to call the cops because she cried so much. Because of Yvonne’s encouragement and support, I was able to have more patience with my daughter and she eventually took to the bottle. We have gotten so much support from Yvonne, her husband Kent, as well as the other wonderful breastfeeding couples we have met.
Daddies Welcome at La Leche League
Admittedly, I had my reservations when my wife Donna invited me to join her and our son Georgie at La Leche League. But since I was one of the first guys to crash a females-only baby shower years ago, I thought less than twice.
I was a great comfort to my wife (or so I hope) and son (whom I received bonus play time with as my wife could focus on participating and learning). The other dads provided great comfort to me — especially Yvonne’s husband Kent. Not only did we throw the football around, but we talked about what it was like to be new dads. Had beer been present, I suppose we could have called ourselves, Lo Beer League.
Yvonne is knowledgeable, supportive, empathetic and non-judgment — as is her equally awesome husband Kent!
Yvonne right from the get-go shows you that if you feel like you or your partner are doing something wrong it’s really just a solution that has not shown itself yet and that you are more than capable of giving your baby everything they need. Also that you don’t need to have all the answers or be a expert and that daddy can’t always be the comfy for the baby that mother is, especially at the very beginning. Just being mommy’s comfy is the best possible thing and that’s ok. Yvonne shows Mommy and Daddy just what they need to make baby happy. My wife and I had a tough time at the beginning because it was tough for my wife to get the baby to latch and for me not knowing what to do to help. Then we went to our first class with Yvonne and she showed us that it’s ok to struggle but we just need to keep positive and keep trying and within a matter of a week or two my wife was able to get the little one to latch and exclusively breastfeed. It felt great to know we had help to back us up when we were struggling. Yvonne also has all these great ideas of how to help you with the baby, more than just breastfeeding, but how to connect. She is just a great all around person, the second you start talking to her it makes you want to have a whole conversation with her and just completely change how you look at certain things.