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Marquita Turner

  • Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Marquita delivered her son at 25 weeks gestation weighing 1 pound 7 oz. in the summer of 2009.  Wanting to breastfeed, but unsure of what to do now that her infant was so tiny, a Rush NICU breastfeeding peer counselor came into her room and gave Marquita the encouragement and information she needed. Marquita says that understanding someone else had been in her shoes brought her great comfort. Marquita pumped her milk for her son for an entire year.  Marquita believes that her breast milk was a key component toward her son’s survival during a critical period in his NICU stay. In 2014, Marquita completed the Rush Mothers’ Milk Club breastfeeding peer counselor training course and joined the RUSH NICU team.  Marquita is passionate about supporting other NICU mothers.