Meet Annie Wood
After only breastfeeding her first child for about three months due to a lot of difficulty, pain, and uninformed choices, she was determined to succeed in meeting her breastfeeding goals when she became pregnant with her youngest. By the time her baby was two weeks old, she had painful, cracked, bleeding nipples, and yeast infections in both her breasts. She reached out to other breastfeeding mothers for help, and sought the assistance of lactation consultants. Thanks to some amazing local mamas who have started to bring awareness of tongue and lip ties to the Roanoke Valley, she not only was able to get the information she needed to continue to breastfeed and help her baby with other tie related symptoms, but she also was connected to a larger network of local breastfeeding mothers who have made the difference in succeeding with breastfeeding this time around. Benefiting from the support she found in B.R.E.A.S.T. Roanoke, as well as all the information she has learned about breastfeeding, its challenges, its benefits, and its statistics drove her to seek out an active role in the organization with the hope of helping other new moms the way she was helped to succeed and to change the culture in the valley to one where breastfeeding is normal.