2010 Breastfeeding Cafe: We have a theme and a committee!

Greetings Breastfeeding Cafe Enthusiasts,

We just held our first planning meeting for the 2010 Breastfeeding Cafe. I am excited to report that the theme for this year’s Cafe is: Breastfeeding Cafe: A Baby-Friendly Community.

As in the past, our Cafe coincides with World Breastfeeding Week, which is an event by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. Their theme this year: Breastfeeding: Just 10 Steps! The Baby Friendly Way, highlights the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, of which our own University of Utah Hospital has recently become a part of. For the purposes of the Breastfeeding Cafe, we wanted to expand that theme to recognize that our Baby-Friendly community extends beyond the hospital, as breastfeeding continues and becomes a part of a family’s everyday life.

Action Item: To expand upon our theme, we want to create our own 10 Steps, to define what A Baby-Friendly Community means to us. Therefore, for our next meeting, we are asking folks who would like to be involved to submit a “step” that is important to them in creating their Baby-Friendly Community. This could be something like “Attending La Leche League Meetings” or “Having Grandma over to clean the house so I could focus on breastfeeding” or “Working with my employer to create a schedule and place for pumping”.  If you have a step you think would be helpful in building our list, please leave a comment here or e-mail me (Melissa Knighton) at melissa.knighton@gmail.com.

Also accomplished at our meeting: we now have an almost complete committee. I am pleased to announce the 2010 Breastfeeding Cafe Committee:

Chair: Melissa Knighton

Volunteer Coordinator: Meghan Johnston

*Education Chair: Amanda Nederostek

*Marketing Coordinator: Available

Cafe Design Coordinator: Sonya Fowles

Website Coordinator: Susan Johnson

*Media Coordinator: Christy Porucznik

Library Liaison: Jeana Jones

*Cafe Activity Coordinator: Available

Additional Support: Kathy Grossman, Kristy Langdon-Brown, Darliegh Webb

You will notice that we still have two important positions available: Marketing Coordinator and Cafe Activity Coordinator. It is important that we get these positions filled as soon as possible so we can move forward in these areas. Additionally, we would like to build teams around the positions marked with *. If you are interested in being involved in the planning or would like to be a part of a specific team, please let us know!

Next Breastfeeding Cafe planning meeting: Thursday, April 22nd; 10:00 am; Main Library, 2nd floor, northeast corner of second floor. Questions? Contact Melissa Knighton at melissa.knighton@gmail.com or 801-870-8593 or leave a comment.

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