Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship Recipient – Meet Moneq

Pacify is thrilled to announce that we have awarded the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship to our winner in Ohio, Moneq Swilling!
Read more about Moneq and why she's excited to become an IBCLC.

Why I Want to Be an IBCLC

What made you want to become an IBCLC?

What made me want to be an IBCLC is because I do not know any, who look like me. There is no diversity in my area and I will be the first one in my city that I know that is a woman of color. When I had my 5 year old son I had a horrible experience and was told to not even try to breastfeed because I wouldn't produce milk due to me having two blood transfusions from hemorrhaging. I have never felt so defeated and down about myself after such a traumatic experience that was the last thing I needed. That put the fire in me to be who I needed at that time for others. In my nursing journey I have met so many women that are young and lack knowledge and support, I want to be a support for those women. I want to make a difference in people's lives and that bonding experience between mom and baby when breastfeeding is such a rewarding experience. I have always been a healer and a problem solver and having this opportunity is an extension of that.

What impact do you hope to make as an IBCLC?

The impact I plan to make is a change in health equity for minorities and to provide the best education, effort, and support I can for my clients.

Why is winning Pacify's Diversity in Lactation Scholarship is meaningful to you?

Winning is so meaningful to me because I went for something that is a passion of mine and I was able to be authentic, tell my story and WON. I tell people all the time in a world where you can be anything, be yourself. I stayed true to my vision, my story and my testimony. It was an opportunity for me to showcase who I am as a woman and the wisdom and knowledge I have to give to my future clients. The mentorship was the most important to me because I get to connect and network with another IBCLC that has already been through the process and can help me navigate because it is not easy. I love to learn from people that have experience and will help me grow in an industry that is near and dear to my heart.

About the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship

Pacify is committed to playing an active role in promoting diversity within the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) community. Our scholarship, which we award with partners across the country, covers up to $1000 of the costs associated with becoming a first-time IBCLC.

Learn more about our Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship here.

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