What people say:

testimonial

February 2016

THANK YOU for all of your help. The feeding is going much better and Hamish is putting on a steady 200g a week. We could not be happier. I have also sent your details to some of my friends who have been having trouble too. Thank you so much, it means the world to me to be able to feed him. All the best, Jen

February 2016

Thank you so very much for all your kindness, care, experience and support! I truly appreciate it and may all the goodness you do for others be returned to you always. I always look forward to the opportunity of recommending you. You’re one in a million.
Lots of Love Lisa, Ray and Zak

January 2016

Dear Cathy,

Words cannot express how grateful I am to you for your support and guidance with breastfeeding. I will continue to breastfeed as much as I can for as long as I can and Patrick is thriving. THANK YOU! Ana, Luke and Patrick xxx

October 2015

Dear Cathy,
At long last I am finding the time to write you the thank you note that I have been mentally composing since you started helping me and Maggie establish breastfeeding.
The care plan you created was sensible, evidence-based and most importantly baby centred. You have the most wonderful way of combining your clinical knowledge of breastfeeding with your understanding of babies’ moods and needs. Your plan included quantitive measures of Maggie’s intake with loving advice to increase skin-to-skin time and allow Maggie to feed while lying so she felt secure and supported. You helped me interpret and understand what she was trying to tell me through her behaviour when feeding.
Beyond all your clinical expertise, I thank you for your ongoing moral support as I rode the peaks and troughs of post-partum hormones combined with the bitter disappointment of my longed-for breastfeeding relationship not going to plan. You provided me with hope and calm. You had seen many mums travel the road before me and had watched “slow to start” babies go on to be good breastfeeders. The long lens view you were able to give me kept me going when things were at their worse.
Your support was above and beyond expectation by anyones measure. You always returned calls and emails no matter if it was an evening or weekend. And to know also that throughout you and Greg were also having to shoulder very difficult times makes your commitment all the more exceptional.
I have made you and Greg a chocolate cake which I hope you will enjoy with family and friends.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every time I breastfeed Maggie I feel grateful that this special bond was saved.
Sincerely, Emily

June 2015

Hi Cathy,

I’m not sure if you remember me. You helped me establish breastfeeding with my daughter Maggie 14 months ago. I was terribly anxious and upset that I was unable to feed my new baby. You diagnosed a posterior tongue tie, and organised a treatment plan, and kept in contact all through the 8 weeks it took to get breastfeeding going smoothly. As a scientist myself, I really appreciated your fact-based approach to breastfeeding problems and solutions. You were really reassuring, and you made me believe that I could do it (which, for me, I think was half the battle).

I gave Maggie her last breastfeed yesterday morning. She didn’t even notice. She was ready. No tears (except from me).

I just wanted to say thank you. I couldn’t have done it without you. I nearly gave up countless times, but your support kept me going. I am so glad that I stuck with it. It has been so rewarding.

Thanks again,

Kath (and Maggie)

April 2015

Its been quite some time since we were in contact last, so I thought I would send you an update.
But firstly, something which has been on my mind for a long time, is that I wanted to sincerely thank you for the help you provided to me after I gave birth to Mikah.  I have to say I was in one of my life’s lowest points, feeling helpless to not be able to feed my baby with the pain and yet his cries of hunger.  You came to visit me within hours of my phone call to you, which I made in pure desperation.  A heartfelt thank you for being there and providing the expertise and advice I needed.
Mikah is 5 months old next week, and still exclusively breastfed.  He’s an absolute angel and super strong and healthy.  We managed to breastfeed direct (without the nipple shield) almost on the month after he was born, and we are now experts at the lying down feeding position as he’s now so distracted by the world.
I start work full-time again next week, so new challenges lie ahead, but I have been meaning to send this email for months.
I hope you and your family are well and I may just be in touch when we decide to venture to have number 2!
All the best,
Jossette
PS – Ive attached a photo of Mikah for your enjoyment

February 2015

I just wanted to thank you for the loan of the pump and all the help you gave us last year.
You saw me at my absolute worse- and were so kind, compassionate and practical.

S is a happy thriving little boy- who now loves breastfeeding, with no sign of weaning despite my return to work on Wednesday. I used the pump every day up until December, it was fantastic. All the best, E

November 2014

“Thank you so much for the loan of the breast pump. I can honesty say it was of great use and it kept me going longer than I expected. Your help was invaluable- I would not have persevered but for you. So thank you. Being able to breastfeed Luca was a wonderful experience. Kind regards, Bianca

June 2014

“After returning home from the hospital we experienced a lot of problems getting our little one to attach and feed. Feeding time often resulted in tears and a lot of anxiety. We called Cathy on a Monday morning and she was at our house that very night. She provided practical advice and support. She left us with an action plan of how to improve our situation and after a week of following her advice we are now feeding without any tears or anxiety and our little one is gaining weight! What a difference it has made to our lives. Thank you for everything Cathy!”
Cheers
Jade

June 2014

Cathy’s support, guidance and understanding were crucial in ensuring my baby and I established and maintained a successful and pleasant breastfeeding relationship. Her wealth of knowledge and experience was of great comfort to me during the challenging first few weeks of both my babies lives. Without Cathy’s help I doubt I would have continued to breastfeed.

Whilst there are lactation consultants/midwives available in hospitals and at child health centres, I found the conflicting breastfeeding advice received by different professionals tiring and totally confusing. Nothing can replace the value of receiving advice from one experienced, dedicated person.

Cathy’s home visit removes the stress of leaving the house with a newborn (not to mention the terrifying experience of trying to get a screaming newborn to latch on in a sterile nurse’s office). The regular follow up phone calls provided me with much reassurance as my breastfeeding experience seemed to change every day in the first six weeks or so.

I cannot thank or recommend Cathy enough. If you are having trouble with breastfeeding do yourself a favour and contact Cathy.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!!! Alina and Ewan and Mariella x

May 2014

Just a quick note to thank you for the invaluable service you provided for Elizabeth. 
The timing of your visit couldn’t have been better – they had just arrived home from the unexpected two days in hospital feeling somewhat fragile and armed with formula feeding instructions. Elizabeth’s milk came in about half an hour after your visit – a combination of your reassuring professionalism, being back in her own home and mother nature, no doubt!
She is doing extremely well and Annabel is thriving. She is a contented baby and they are even getting the occasional five hour stretch of sleep at night which I tell Elizabeth is amazingly good at 6 weeks.
Once again, many thanks Cathy.
Margaret

January 2014

Cathy is absolutely amazing – worked wonders for Lara and the twins who were fully breastfed to seven months – great start to a healthy life.
Professor Jill Downie

January 2014

“I was having a very difficult time breastfeeding and finally gave Cathy a call when Brandon was three weeks old. My nipples had blood blisters and was in pain. I was expressing frequently as Brandon was not latching on properly. I was so tired as was doing 2.5 to 3 hourly feeds each time and sterilising the equipment took extra time. By the time I had put Brandon to sleep I was up for the next feed. I found Cathy from the Australian Breastfeeding Association website and chose her based on the reviews and testimonials as well as the fact that she actually came over to your house for consultation. That makes great sense as she can then have a look at where you usually breastfeed and whether the sitting position is correct on your chair, etc… Cathy came on the same day to my house and spend over 2.5 hours with me and Brandon to teach me the correct technique. She also discovered that Brandon had a bit of tongue tied and told me that was one of the main problems he was not latching on properly. She advised me to get his tongue snipped and things will get better. Also my nipples were very large and his mouth is quite small and have not grown to accommodate that. She advised me to do half express and half breastfeeding for a few weeks. She also did say that Brandon’s mouth will get bigger on week 6 and things will get easier. Cathy contacted me throughout the 6 weeks on a weekly to twice weekly basis and called when she promised to. She is a real professional, a guru in her profession, caring and genuinely wants to see you succeed. When I had an issue or question I rang her and she would returned my phone call with great tips as soon as she could. Brandon is now 12 weeks old and I am fully breastfeeding him and only express when I need to. It has become so easy and we have developed a real bond between us. I would have given up breastfeeding if it was not for Cathy. Thanks so much Cathy and we are both very grateful for all your help, support, patience and kindness. I will definitely be referring you to anyone and everyone who are looking for help in breastfeeding. You are a lifesaver!

Grace

Dec 2013

what can I say?! Thank you for your guidance and patience over the last few months. You have had a knack at knowing exactly where I am up to physically and mentally! We wouldn’t be where we are today without your help

Mel

Nov 2013

Just an interim really big thank you to you also – I know I must be one of your most labour intensive clients! I have really really appreciated your support – what a God send !

Mel

Nov 2013

Hi Cathy its Meneesha. I just wanted to touch base and say thank you again for everything. We have a very happy and healthy exclusively breastfed baby and we just couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks again xx

Meneesha

Oct 2013

Just a quick email to feedback on our progress since your visit to help Caris and me yesterday. Firstly … Wow! What a difference your advice and help has made! I am calling you the ‘baby whisperer’ when I tell my family and friends about you. Caris is breast feeding on every attempt now and is having a decent feed on each side. We are following with expressed milk as a top-up and she is so much more settled now. She is lying peacefully after a nappy change instead of constantly looking for a feed and crying. We have used the lying down position a couple of times and she responds really well. Still a way to go but such a big change already – thank you! Thanks again,

Penny & Caris.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help in getting us started breastfeeding. The first week after Alice’s birth was so stressful particularly with the feeding issues we were having. The moment you walked in our house I felt a sense of calm and felt instantly confident that you could help. The home visit and continued follow up was brilliant! I am still enjoying breastfeeding my now 6 month old daughter. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to other mums struggling with breastfeeding.

Nicola

I just wanted to let you know that after your help last year my breastfeeding journey with Lacey has been going well. She is still feeding 4/5 times a day even though she is on solids. She is an extremely healthy 10kgs at 8 months of age. Thank you again for your expertise as it would have been impossible to continue without your help.

Leigh

Thank you so much for visiting us yesterday – I really appreciate you coming on a Saturday and spending time with us, it was so helpful and feels like we a one step forward…. such a relief! thanks so much for all your help and support over the last few months, it’s made an enormous difference as I don’t think we would have got this far with b/feeding without it.

Catriona

Andy and Minnie

One thought on “What people say:

  1. Pingback: I love my job! | Cathy Garbin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *