What Other Amazing Mamas Say
“A few weeks after my baby Leila was born 9she is 4 months old), I started to have breastfeeding issues with her. Her latch wasn’t very strong and she had some reflux symptoms and because of this she kept coming off the breast, arching her back, and crying. She was diagnosed with tongue-tie, which we had divided. However, even after the operation, she still kept demonstrating the same behavior. My days kept revolving around endless and stressful feeding battles. Leila was not gaining enough weight because of all of this. She was seen by so many pediatricians and lactation consultants and no one could work out what was wrong.
I came across Szilvia’s Instagram page by chance, and I was instantly fascinated by how lots of the bottle aversion symptoms she described were exactly the same as Leila’s. I had a meeting with her and we talked about how her behavior could be from her associations of feeding with bad feelings from the pain she had been in before. Szilvia went through a detailed program with me and outlined her amazing techniques l, which she had adapted for breastfeeding. She was so knowledgeable and reassuring, whilst also pointing out that I needed to stop forcing feeds and instead create positive associations for them.
I saw an instant improvement in Leila’s feeding from the first day we started the training. Suddenly our feeds were longer and much calmer: she was no longer pushing herself away from the breast for every feed as she had done before. I am so so grateful to Szilvia for the miracle changes she has made to Leila’s feeding – it is so lovely to be able to enjoy our feeds together at last.”
“My LO had a tongue tie revision at 3 months and we had a terrible experience with him developing a feeding aversion. We could only dream feed him and it was an incredibly stressful time for us, eventually, he got better with his tongue function but for day feeds, he still had some breast aversion. I had to spend most of my day trying to feed him and his daily intake was still low and the feeding experience was tough, not the bonding I had had before, he was always unhappy and fussy and not calm at the breast and would only feed a bit while awake, so I had to continue predominantly feeding him while drowsy/asleep. That meant we rarely went anywhere and my life revolved around his feeding.
I had been following Szilvia on Instagram and was intrigued by whether the principles for dealing with bottle aversion would apply to breast aversion, so when she posted that she is looking for volunteers, I jumped on it.
What stood out for me right away was how much she genuinely cared about helping me and my LO, and how meticulous she was with all of her questions to really understand my case – this made her wealth of experience immediately evident. Once she had analyzed my situation, she gave me a plan to work on and explained to me the principles, and gave me the encouragement I needed. Her daily check-ins were very supportive and I felt like she was cheering me on.
For us, it worked in 2-3 days, after almost two months of struggling, to be able to confidently feed my LO with no stress, to get most of my day back instead of spending it on feeding, to be able to comfort him at my breast and to see him increase his daily intake and enjoy feeding has been absolutely amazing and we feel immensely grateful to Szilvia for helping us get there! I wish I had reached out to her even earlier.”