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Final Day of the Cafe

Today is the very last day of the Cafe.  It could not have been done without the efforts of every single person on this year’s committee!!  Thank you again to the 2013 Breastfeeding Cafe Committee. . .

Timbra: Chairwoman
Renee: Volunteer Coordinator
Cagney: Events Coordinator
Amanda & Katherine: Education Coordinators
Cheryl: Social Media Coordinator
Jeana: Library Liaison
Sondra: Media Liaison
Meghan: UBC President
Claire & Susan: Web design/support
Claire: Blog Carnival, daily posts and silent auction updates
Timbra & Renee: Cafe Design
Katherine & Renee: Family Fun Night coordinators
Timbra ( & Crew & Jessica & Haley & Elizabeth): Professional Networking event (special thanks to everyone on the committee who attended and did chopping and cheese platter arranging and table moving and all other grunt work, and for the ladies who also sent out all of the invites at the very last minute when the Chairwoman had to leave town)
LLL Groups & Other Committee Members: 5 Mini Cafes From Ogden, to Draper and over to Park City too
I know that I missed talking about some of these awesome ladies who supported me through the Cafe planning this year.  In the middle of the Cafe we also had a regional La Leche League conference, which kept me away from daily posts throughout the Cafe.  I appreciate each and every one and all of the hard work put in to this year’s Breastfeeding Cafe and hope that each woman on the Committee knows that.
We would not have had all of the great mini-Cafe locations, family fun night and Professional Networking event held with such ease, had it not been for Cagney who joined the Committee this year and made numerous phone calls to secure locations for us.  She was also responsible for being sure that everyone who was holding a mini-Cafe was registered for the Big Latch On.  She contacted many of our Baby Friendly Businesses  to ask about posting fliers and to request donations for our Silent Auction this year.  It’s no small feat for a busy mom of a toddler to make so many phone calls and drop-ins to locations all over the city!
Sondra was our Media Liaison this year.  She spent lots of time getting our information out to online community calendars, writing up and distributing a press release and even did a video press release for the Cafe.
A huge shout-out to the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition as well.  Meghan is in her first of two years at the President of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition.  She has been an awesome support for our Committee this year and we really appreciated her involvement (and her little guy’s flexibility in letting his mama tote him around to all of the events).  Please go check out the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, learn a little bit more about what they do, and know that the UBC is a wonderful resource when you have questions or requirements regarding breastfeeding advocacy and policy in Utah.
Today is the very last day to bid on the silent auction.  ALL of our paintings have bids!!!  Thank you to Kathy Grossman who donates these paintings each year. . . those who win them will be LUCKY to have these one-of-a-kind paintings created by a local artist in their homes/offices.  Bidding for all items ends at 11:59 TONIGHT!!!
Please join us for the Volunteer Reception at 4pm in Murray Park on Tuesday evening.  It is a potluck!  There’s a sand volleyball pit, so kids might enjoy buckets and shovels 🙂  If you bid on a silent auction item and win, this is a great time to pick up your item!  And there is a small gift for everyone who attends (or you can make arrangements to pick it up later if you are unable to attend).
Thank you again to all of our volunteers who filled EVERY SINGLE SHIFT this year!  You are all amazing mothers and women and leaders in our community!
Would YOU like to be on the Breastfeeding Cafe Committee next year?  It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s Cafe and you would have a great Committee of women willing to give you pointers to make your job just a little bit easier next year!  Contact lllofmurray@gmail.com with your excited reply!
Thank you SO much everyone!
“Because Breastfeeding Touches us all!”
Timbra
Breastfeeding Cafe Chairwoman 2013

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Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Cafe!  World Breastfeeding Week is behind us now and I’d like to share all of the great things that went on from August 1-7 to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week here in Salt Lake this year.

I hope you’ve been able to drop by and enjoy some of the classes that have been offered throughout the first week.  I know we’ve had some other local Groups stop by to hold their own meetings (Attachment Parenting and Babywearing) and some local moms drop by to teach classes as well.  What has been your favorite so far?
Professional Networking Dinner
We held our first ever “Professional Networking Dinner” on Thursday August 1st to kick-off World Breastfeeding Week.  We had close to 40 professionals ranging from chiropractors, cranial sacral specialists and speech therapists to dentists, midwives, IBCLCs and local LLL Leaders.  It was an awesome event to bring together persons who support breastfeeding mothers and help us all get on the same page to help mothers TOGETHER instead of separately.
We had two speakers for our event.  Our first was Dana Robison, General Manager for Synergy Dental.  Dana does a tremendous amount of research for the practice regarding materials used as well as regarding breastfeeding and oral health.  She brought an awesome presentation sharing the importance of breastfeeding FOR oral health and how to keep children’s mouths clean and healthy during the breastfeeding years.  If you’d like her presentation, she has it available.
Dr. Branton Richter of Dry Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Lehi, was our second speaker. Dr. Richter is a pediatric dentist who specializes in laser dentistry and has now been treating many patients with tongue and lip tie, from infant to adult, with laser revision.  He lead a Question & Answer type discussion mainly on the importance of tongue function in breastfeeding and beyond and shared information he gained at the recent Summit for International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals (IATP).
Sponsors
We’d like to thank the U of U for use of their Alumni room for this event along with two local Baby Friendly Community business owners, Ian (owner of Sage’s CafeVertical DinerCafe Supernatural and Cali’s Natural Foods) donated gorgeous appetizer platters for our event and Kestrel, owner of the The Tin Angel Cafe, donated delicious bread pudding bites as our dessert.  We are grateful and proud to be part of a community where local business owners support breastfeeding mothers and families.  PLEASE become patrons of these businesses!  They deserve our support as they have given us theirs!
Family Fun Night
Friday evening, August 2, Katherine & Renee put together our first “Family Fun Night” for volunteers and their families.  In the past our kick-off has combined semi-professional speakers along with volunteers and others who would like to attend, but this year we went ahead and split up the two purposes of the kick-off so that more could enjoy each aspect.  We had well over 30 in attendance on Friday evening.  Our Family Fun Night included a Breastfeeding T-shirt contest, which was won by our volunteer Kelie (who happens to be wife of Ian) for her “Supply & Demand” shirts.  We also had face painting, bike decorating and a small bike parade for our kids, information on the Cafe and a thank you to our Committee and volunteers was given, final volunteer orientation was held, and finally we enjoyed conversation, fun and picnic on the lawn.  Thank you for all who joined us that evening.
Mini Cafes
Did you attend one of our Mini Cafes on Saturday August 3rd?  Share with us!  We held five Mini Cafes this year in Ogden (Farmer’s market), Salt Lake City (Liberty Park), Murray (Murray Park), Draper (Draper Park) and Park City (Oakley Market).  We held a Big Latch On at each location as well and all over the world, we broke the record this year!  There were booths with give-a-ways, free raffles, food, information and other fun, at each location.  Check out the Ogden Mini Cafe here.
Finally, on August 4th, Timbra & Renee set up the SHARE space, as our Design Team for the 3rd year, to be ready for opening on August 5th.
Other Celebrations
There were other celebrations in Utah as well, members of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition have been holding small Cafes throughout the state and LLL of Logan has a great fundraiser and “Breastfeeding Rest Stop” each year.  LLL of Murray has an ongoing fundraiser for the month of August where Nursing Portrait sessions are offered by Baby Friendly Business Landslide Photography. And another of our Baby Friendly Businesses, Honey Bump Maternity, also held a Big Latch On/Business Anniversary Event on Friday August 2nd.  How did YOU celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?????
Enjoy Week 2 of the Cafe and join in on some of our classes this week!  There are also a few volunteer shifts each day that still seem to need filling, so if you haven’t picked up a shift, keep your eyes open!

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The 2010 Breastfeeding Cafe and Our Baby Friendly Communtiy Lives On!

The Utah Breastfeeding Coalition’s Fifth Annual Breastfeeding Cafe has wrapped up at the Salt Lake Main Library. Remarkably though, the Cafe will live on with the Baby Friendly Community Project we initiated through the Cafe this year. Not only can we see the International Breastfeeding Symbol all over town, but The Utah Breastfeeding Coalition has received a subcontract through The Landscape of Breastfeeding Support to document the Baby Friendly Community Project! This is a special project through the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and The United States Breastfeeding Committee to “identify and showcase exemplary local commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies, utilizing the services of a professional photojournalist”. Two of the photographers who donated work to our first photo gallery held at the Cafe, Timbra Wiist and Katrina Anderson, will be working on the project. We are so excited that our Baby Friendly Community will be receiving more attention along with our talented photographers and the Breastfeeding Cafe itself. Lastly, without the work of Jeana Jones and Christy Porucznik, the Baby Friendly Community would not have been such a sucess. Thank you!

And speaking of our photo gallery, thanks goes out again to our photographers who participated in this year’s photo gallery: Katrina Anderson of Red Bean Photography; Alisha Stamper, photographer; and Timbra Wiist of Landslide Photography. Be sure to check out their photography on their websites!

We would also like to thank once again Kathy Grossman who made her third contribution to the Cafe in the form of the beautiful painting Mother, Child, Daffodils. Also, congratulations to Heidi Lewis who was the lucky winner of the silent auction of the painting. See more of Kathy’s beautiful work at www.kathygrossman.com.

Despite only having a two-week Cafe, our event coordinator, Amanda Nederostek, kept a full schedule of classes and special events for Cafe visitors. This year we did the first ever Baby Wearing Fashion Show, coordinated by Darliegh Webb. Pictures of the fashion show can be seen here. Additionally, we had classes on Photographing Your Baby, Protecting Birth Options, Baby Wearing, Herbs and Breastfeeding, and Infant Massage. As usual, we had our New Mothers Circles, Expectant Mothers Circles, Ask an RD, and Ask an IBCLC, which are always popular events.

Of course, staffing the Cafe is always the greatest challenge. Thanks so much to our Volunteer Coordinator, Meghan Johnston and the forty-four volunteers that she trained and scheduled. Without the volunteers the support of the Cafe would not be available to the community. These are dedicated people who really believe in the mission of the Cafe. Be sure to come back next year, volunteers! We will always need you!

Although the Cafe is over, you can always revisit our Blogging Carnival right here on this website. Thanks again go to our Marketing Coordinator, Claire Lindstrom for putting the Blogging Carnival together! Here’s hoping that next year we can continue this new tradition of hearing mother’s experiences from our own community and from our global community.

Speaking of next year: it is already time to start thinking and planning. The Breastfeeding Cafe will need a new chair, and positions on the planning committee will need to be filled. Without dedicated people stepping in and stepping up, this important community project will not happen. Please consider what the Breastfeeding Cafe and Baby Friendly Community means to you and to mothers in need of support and community! Contact me at melissa.knighton@gmail.com if you are interested in chairing the 2011 Breastfeeding Cafe!

Lastly, I would like to recognize the 2010 Breastfeeding Cafe planning committee and volunteers one more time. The hard work, creativity, and dedication of these people made this year’s Cafe possible:

Melissa Knighton, Chair
Meghan Johnston, Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Nederostek, Event Coordinator
Claire Lindstrom, Marking Coordinator
Jeana Jones, Library Liaison
Christy Porucznik, Media Coordinator
Website, Susan Johnson
Darliegh Webb, Baby Wearing Fashion Show
Cafe Design: Katrina Anderson, Kathy Grossman, Alisha Stamper, Timbra Wiist
And most important of all:
Volunteers: THANK YOU!

See you next year!

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New Moms’ Circle & Volunteers’ Reception

Cafe 5sOnce again, it’s Friday in the Cafe and time for our New Moms’ Circle.  Drop in anytime between 10 am and 12 noon — it’s okay to be late, you’re a new mom!  If you’re feeling not-so-new but love to hang out with other moms and babies, please join the circle to add your experience and insight to the mix.  This is the place to show off your little one and to take a deep breath in the welcoming circle of motherhood.  New mom Claire and baby Dea host our Friday circles so come introduce yourself — we’re all in this together!

Volunteer Reception

It has taken a lot of volunteers to host our annual month-long celebration, and we are thankful to each and every one.  If you’ve been volunteering come on back for our Volunteers’ Reception and celebrate a wonderful month of new friends and community.  We are delighted that  The Tin Angel Cafe, a local and scrumptious eatery, will present light refreshments for us and for our families.  Please join us in the Cafe from 4 – 6 pm.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you —

to our volunteers and sponsors,

and to Salt Lake City for your welcoming spirit!

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Who are these volunteers and how can you join us next year?  Come introduce yourself to Melissa or visit our 2010 Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are just catching up with us at the end of August, we have a few more days in the Cafe, so please join us!

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