"As a new mom, I knew I would face difficulties learning to care for my little girl. However, when Margo was born at 27-weeks weighing only two and a half pounds, I realized I had a new set of obstacles to face. I wanted to breastfeed, but premature babies have difficulty learning the sucking reflex, so I went to the Breastfeeding Support Group for assistance. With the lactation consultant’s help, Margo did learn to breastfeed. I thought I was finally on track to be ‘just a mommy’ without all the extra worries I had faced. Then doctors found a lump in my left breast.
Thankfully, the lump was not cancerous, but was determined to be an abscess. I had it cleared but was no longer able to breastfeed on that side. With the help from the support group, I was able to stop producing milk on my left side and learned to breastfeed Margo just on my right side. I truly cannot thank the group enough for the support with the many breastfeeding challenges I faced but also for the social support the group provided that helped get me through.
With your contributions, the Breastfeeding Support Group at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center continues to provide new mothers and their babies with the knowledge of experienced lactation specialists, advanced technology and moral support. The group was like my second family, and truly helped me care for Margo, who is now a happy and healthy one-year-old girl."
Breastfeeding Support Group participant