Myers has worked as a certified lactation counselor and international board lactation consultant for the past 14 years through various organizations. Now, she’ll get to do what she loves — help nursing mothers — on a more one-on-one basis through her business Mom to Mom Lactation Services.
Mom to Mom helps women struggling to breastfeed their babies properly, as well as those seeking support for the healthier option. There are a wide range of complications that could arise and make it difficult fro mothers to feed their babies naturally — over or under supply of milk, difficulty getting the baby to “latch,” plugged ducts, an infection in the breast, called mastitis or even just dealing with criticism from friends and family.
“Most moms start out having some complications,” Myers said.
“Probably over 90 percent have some sort of concern. Many times they can get the help they need at the hospital, but sometimes (more is needed). Sometimes they need some extra support, above what they can get at the hospital. That’s kind of where I come in with home visits. I can go out, spend some time with them, answer some questions, really key in on what her situation is.”
Despite these challenges, Myers said the health benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the complications that can be associated with it. She said most recognize breastfeeding benefits as “amazing.” She said both Mom and baby reap good things from using the mother’s naturally produced milk as the baby’s primary source of nutrients — including reduced risk of many diseases and cancers.
“But when you look at the bond mom and baby have in the end, it really is very cool,” she said. “When you impact that and support the mom, you just always get these wonderful tidbits of appreciation and that’s why I keep doing what I do. I just love it.”
A mother of three now grown adults with children of their own, Myers originally grew a passion for her career choice by successfully enduring her own challenges with the activity.
She said she chose to breastfeed her children, but was having a hard time, having a “hard time” and being “sore and damaged.”
After he was born, her first child weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. While in the hospital, he lost nine ounces of that weight. In a week’s time thought, he went from 7 pounds, 3 ounces to 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
“I was like that’s my sweat and effort,” she said. “I was just feeling like ‘I am woman hear me roar.’ ... I just fell in love with it and think it’s amazing. You’re growing a baby — did you ever think about that? You are growing a baby — alone, with your milk, you feed them you. That’s pretty awesome.”
In addition to helping those already nursing, expectant mothers are welcome to join in or participate in the hospital's prenatal breastfeeding classes. No matter the situation though, Myers is there to help.
“You’re not alone and most moms go through these things and it’s a common thing to have that,” she said. “I try to talk to them about some options they could look into that might help them. Specific things that target their specific concerns.”
Myers has a system to help more visual learners. On the home visits, she helps to weigh the baby, has the mother feed her child, helping with however the mother needs, and the weighs baby again to show much he or she gained.
“It’s giving them a good idea how much the baby is eating,” Myers said. “It helps a lot to know how much the baby is transferring to reassure the mom, or to show us maybe baby does need some supplementation, either with her milk or with formula.”
There’s always something new to learn on the job.
“As I go through my journey, I learn from each mom and baby,” Myers said. “I can use that then for future moms. It’s important for moms to know that you’re not alone.”
Currently, Mom to Mom’s office hours at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and other times by appointment. Myers said what separates her from other lactation consultants is her availability.
“I feel like I can fix everything; I’m saying the support I can offer and the information I can share, can’t be beat. I don’t have a magic wand ... but I can certainly tell you how to get the most out of your particular situation and I can be there when they need me most.”
Tractor Supply Market Day is May 18
Norwalk is full of skilled makers, bakers and producers and the Norwalk Tractor Supply Co. store is bringing these talented individuals and businesses together for a community-wide, family-friendly event.
From from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May 18, the store will host its annual Market Day event featuring local vendors and their homemade and homegrown goods. Market Day is a free event, featuring items such as crafts, candles, produce, baked goods and more in tents outside the Tractor Supply store, located at 4768 N. U.S. 250.
This year's vendors and community partners, which will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., include Silver Spurs, Metal by Merry and Waffles Local.
"As members of this community, we strive to do whatever we can to support our neighbors," store manager David Canter said. “Market Day allows us to highlight and support the great talent we have here, while creating a fun event everyone can enjoy.”
Local artisans, farmers and craft makers interested in selling their goods are invited to register at TSCeventpartners.com or visit the local Norwalk Tractor Supply store before Wednesday.
Vermilion native Chef Scott Schneider, of New York’s Ai Fiori restaurant, will return to his roots Aug. 24 for a collaborative Culinary Vegetable Institute dinner with young chefs from the Lorain County JVS culinary arts program, where his own culinary career began.
Join the program as Schneider reaches back to his roots and joins forces with the next generation of young chefs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7. For tickets and to read more about this special collaborative evening, visit culinaryvegetableinstitute.com.
Turnpike, Light Ohio Blue support police
BEREA — The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) has joined the Light Ohio Blue campaign to show support for law enforcement personnel who protect our communities throughout the state.
“We will light our facilities in blue along the Ohio Turnpike to honor law enforcement personnel and to pay respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” executive director Ferzan Ahmed said.
The commission will shine blue lights on the Milan post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the administration building in Berea and on its 14 service plazas and eight maintenance buildings along the 241-mile turnpike.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol and all law enforcement personnel deserve our gratitude for the protection they provide,” said OTIC Chairman Jerry Hruby, a former police lieutenant.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with activities associated with Police Week. It runs from May 8 to 16.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to show their support for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and those currently serving, both sworn and civilian staff.
How can you help Light Ohio Blue?
• Place a blue bulb on your exterior porch light
• Wrap blue Christmas lights around your home or business
• Light up your entire home or business with blue flood lights
• Place blue ribbons on your mailbox, nearby columns or posts
• Wear blue Wednesday
• Tell your friends, family and neighbors what you’re doing, and post a picture to social media using #LightOhioBlue.
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