“In spring of 2015 I discovered I was pregnant. Unsure on what to expect, I began attending Moms2B around 14 weeks gestation. I was a high-risk pregnancy, at risk for premature birth. Throughout my pregnancy, I attended Moms2B’s weekly education sessions for pregnant women. Moms2B provides education on various healthcare topics such as nutrition, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and parenting.
After giving birth to my healthy, perfect baby girl, Layla Joy, in December of 2015, I experienced an abdominal wound dehiscence associated with my cesarean delivery. This is when our breastfeeding challenges began. Layla latched perfectly from birth. However, during treatment of my wound I was unable to nurse for 48 hrs. Layla was only a week old at the time and I did not have enough expressed milk. I supplemented with formula during the nursing hold. When cleared to nurse, I struggled and Layla would not properly latch.
The beauty of attending Moms2B is the staff consists of doctors, nurses, dietitians, lactation counselors, and fellow Moms! All of whom played a major role in assisting me through these breastfeeding challenges. Moms2B’s certified lactation counselors (Carmen & Jena) took the time to observe Layla’s latch. They provided supportive recommendations, such as always offering breast first before bottle and improving nipple stimulation to increasing milk production. While both techniques proved beneficial, I often felt intimidated and discouraged when I saw other Moms successfully feeding at breast AND pumping freezers full of milk! Carmen calmed my fears and helped me establish a plan of action to meet my ultimate goal –exclusively breastfeeding my daughter. With guidance and encouragement from Carmen and the entire Moms2B team, I continued to work on improving Layla’s latch and increasing my milk supply. After about a month I was able to completely wean her from formula and meet my goal of exclusively breastfeeding her–YAY!!!
Layla is now 19 months and we are still nursing….more “comfort nursing” these days (life of a toddler Mom—gotta love it!). Looking back at my breastfeeding challenges and fears, it feels “oh so good” to say “we did it,” and we are still going strong!
The encouragement and love I received from Moms2B during my pregnancy and throughout the postpartum period created a passion in me to help other Moms. Because of my early struggle with breastfeeding, I found a desire to coach and support other moms through this process, especially young African American women who lack strong support system. Currently, I am working on becoming Certified Lactation Counselor through The Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. In the meantime, I plan to continue to assist educating Moms on the importance of breastfeeding, providing support to the struggling Mom, and share my success story along the way!”
Tonya from Moms2B (Ohio State University Medical Center)