Bay Shore Mom Advocates for Breastfeeding
Michaela Kuttnig was nervous.
She had just delivered a beautiful baby girl at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center but was having trouble breastfeeding.
She discovered the Breastfeeding Café, Good Sam’s support group for new moms, but for Michaela, it wasn’t just about the breastfeeding. She was born in Austria, and although she lived in the United States for several years, English wasn’t her first language and she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to properly communicate her troubles.
So what happened at the first meeting?
“It was wonderful!” exclaimed Michaela, who now lives in Bay Shore. “Everyone was there with the same problems and it gave us the opportunity to share our experiences.”
As she continued to attend the Breastfeeding Café, her confidence grew.
“I realized I wasn’t the only one going through this,” she remembers. “I was having difficulty getting my daughter to latch on for feedings and there was a room full of other moms and lactation consultants who were there to help me and share tips that worked for them”
With World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – August 7) approaching, Michaela is ready to take what she learned and share it with her community as the guest speaker at World Breastfeeding Week at Good Samaritan.
“There are so many benefits to breastfeeding,” she said. “There are the obvious health and nutrient benefits, but I think the most important aspect is the bond between the baby and mother. I definitely felt it with my daughter.”
With her unique experience, she definitely understands if people might be hesitant to seek help, but she encourages everyone to give the Breastfeeding Café a chance and offers this advice for anyone still on undecided.
“The most important thing to know is that it’s all about YOU!” she emphasized. “It’s about how you’re feeling, what you’re going though, how your week went…you have a room people full of new friends and experts who are there to support you.”
To learn more about the Breastfeeding Café and the full list of classes and support group offered at Good Sam, please visit https://goodsamaritan.chsli.org/perinatal-education