My Sixteenth Street Story | A Letter to my Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Dear Aracelis,

I want to thank you for helping me with the breastfeeding process. For me, it is so satisfying to be able to say that I was a nursing mother.

For my first child, I was in Puerto Rico. I had my son through cesarean. I was alone in the nursey and I had no support to breastfeed. I felt desperate from the cesarean pain and was never able to breastfeed.

Unlike my first, with my second child I attended classes with Aracelis even before he was born. She taught me so much, both verbally and physically. With her advice, words of encouragement and calls to see how I was doing, I didn’t give up. I didn’t quit.

After having my son, I urgently needed a machine to express my milk. I went to Aracelis and without a problem, she filled out paperwork to get me the machine. She also gave me a few classes with a doll simulating my baby and explaining step by step what to do in my follow-up appointments.

Aracelis made sure that I was ok. It was because of her that I didn’t give formula to my baby. It was because of her I was able to breastfeed full time. It was an honor for me and my son to be able to count on someone like Aracelis in my breastfeeding process. I feel so grateful for having had her.

Thank you for everything!

-WIC Participant

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