Shaz's Reviews & Testimonials
Shaz saved us! Breastfeeding for my son, Charlie, and I was beyond challenging. Although I had access to wonderful midwives, the breastfeeding clinic doctor, other mums, and the myriad of YouTube videos on how to do it, I ended up suffering with excruciating breastfeeding and ultimately, mastitis. I had decided to pump and feed him to avoid the pain, that is until I was referred to Shaz. In one session Shaz showed me how to get a good latch without doing anything awkward nor challenging... Simply following nature's lead, however quite the opposite of what I was being taught. It worked and now I absolutely love breastfeeding my son. Thank you Shaz! You truly saved us!"
Shaz is awesome! She definitely knows her stuff when it comes to breastfeeding! She was very helpful and patient with me and my little one. She observed us and then offered her expertise and tips. It is way more comfortable now to BF my baby at home for both of us. I would recommend her knowledge to anyone having BF issues or if you simply just want to be reassured. She is a dedicated and caring professional who will follow up with you to make sure you’re on the right track!"
Shaz was great at helping me. She helped my newborn daughter and I during a critical time - a day after I was discharged from the hospital after delivery. I wasn’t producing enough milk, there were latching issues, and my daughter was showing symptoms of jaundice. I was worried and didn’t know what to do. Shaz helped me come up with a plan and gave me a timeline of additional help I could get if I continued to not be able to produce enough. I’m really thankful for Shaz’s advice during our time of need."
Shaz was super helpful with getting our underweight son latched on when I was beginning to think there was no hope and I’d be pumping and bottle feeding forever. She provided useful direction for positioning myself and the baby for successful feeds. I would highly recommend her; call her early before you get desperate to set yourself up on the right course from the beginning."
I am so very glad that through my classes at the Childbearing Society I was able to be introduced to Shaz. I was having major difficulties breastfeeding my late premie daughter, which were only made worse by fixes that were introduced by various different parties. After one session with Shaz she gave me a flexible yet detailed plan and the tools to help my daughter and I adjust to breastfeeding without fixes! Shaz has a wonderful and sweet disposition and makes you feel at ease but most importantly she has the knowledge, information and tools necessary for her line of work which she is able to clearly explain to her clients while remaining non-judgmental. If you are in need of a lactation consultant she’s your girl!"
Shaz saved my life. Before I met her, I was traumatized by a tough delivery and a very bad experience with breast feeding in Burnaby hospital (the nurses there have this bad habit of forcing the head of my baby into my breast which really hurts). As a consequence, my nipples were damaged, bleeding and I wasn't able to feed my baby. Shaz has another way to proceed, more natural and where the baby is no longer forced but leading. Thanks to her pedagogy and patience, she literally turned the painful and traumatizing feeling I had when breast feeding my baby into the most enjoyable and heart warming experience of my life. Thanks to her advises, assistance and passion for what she's doing, I am now enjoying breast feeding my little one and I can't be happier. Thank you Shaz for everything."
Shaz was incredibly supportive at a very challenging time. I had been breastfeeding, pumping and supplementing after my daughter's weight dropped due to a hospital stay. It was nerve wracking to let this clinical management go and to trust that solely breastfeeding could be enough but Shaz was super reassuring. She is a great mixture of warm, down to earth coach and knowledgeable expert. Both baby and I benefitted from Cranial Sacral sessions as well."
The benefits of breastfeeding have always been important to me. Having so many family and friends tell stories of difficulties in their experience, I was horrified it may not be a possibility for me. I went into the breastfeeding class with fear, questions and concerns. A few statements made by Shaz during her teaching clicked with me and it was like a light bulb went on and I realized for me there was no way I could get this wrong. My favourite statements were “We are mammals”…LOL! (duh) and “Our babies are smarter than we are, our bodies know how to make the baby without us doing anything and our baby comes out knowing how to eat without us un-learning them. It's instinct”. So true!
All this made me think about how women have been doing this since caveman days with no doctors or information on how to “make” your baby latch.
As soon as my fear was removed, my mindset changed and my first experience was relaxed, beautiful and without flaw. I have been breast feeding my beautiful baby boy without pain, without struggle and have loved the bonding and special Mommy time we have that only I can provide him. Knowing its the healthiest thing I could possibly give and do for my child is a beautiful thing.
Thank you Shaz for all the information provided in your class along with reminding us of our own instinct. ;)"
Having Shaz come to visit me during the first days of being home with my twins boosted my confidence in myself and my babies’ ability to tandem breastfeed. She reinforced me with the belief that myself and my babies knew what do to, and made the space we needed for us to figure out tandem breastfeeding. Shaz also made a very big impression with my mother, who did not have a great opinion of breastfeeding but is now on of my biggest supporters. We’re now at more than 7 months of exclusively breastfeeding my twin boys!
Craniosacral therapy from Shaz was also a huge benefit for me. I’ve had several treatments from her, and I’ve found they leave my body feeling loose and relaxed. The ‘untangling’ feeling was most obvious when she worked on a plugged milk duct I had, and when she worked on a lower back injury. Both times her treatments helped the healing process immensely. The craniosacral treatment cleared my plug milk duct completely, and it never came back!
I love working with Shahrzad and would call her for myself, or refer her to any of my clients in a heartbeat. She is heartfelt, gentle, very present and skilled with her work. A real asset to the families of Greater Vancouver!"