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. . .
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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.
Welcome to Day 3 of the Cafe.
Welcome to Day 2 of the Cafe. I stopped by the Cafe last evening and was excited to see everything put together and things running smoothly. While there, a man stopped by to talk to some of our volunteers for several minutes. I overheard him say “YEAH. . .if a baby gotta eat, a baby gotta eat!” I love that kind of community support and am so glad we are all working together to just keep the conversation about breastfeeding, open!
If you are volunteering for the Cafe today or any other day, Renee is the one who has put together our volunteer list. This is Renee’s third Cafe to work as Volunteer Coordinator. Renee is a retired LLL Leader and mother of three. She works tirelessly to be sure that each and every volunteer shift gets filled throughout the Cafe. She is the person who is called at the last minute to either find a replacement or BE the replacement, if someone is unavailable to fill their shift. Renee has also been holding in-person volunteer orientations the past three years and this year had to increase that to three orientations. Together Katherine (highlighted yesterday) and Renee put together our first ever Family Fun Night, which was held at Liberty Park on Friday evening. More on this event later in the Cafe.
The Cafe is open Daily from 10-7 (shorter weekend hours) with overlapping two hour shifts. One woman each morning works at the Cafe on her own, pulling out the tables and display grids. Then, throughout the day seven other volunteers will come and go for shifts. These women answer questions from the community, help set up for classes that might take place during their shift, direct passersby to the correct information available and sometimes deal with harassment as well, before the last lady of the day drags the tables in and locks our doors until tomorrow. Thank a volunteer for making sure our Cafe runs every day! There are between 40 and 50 volunteers this year!
Stay TUNED. . .our Silent Auction should be up and running in the next day or so. Please be sure to be handing out the little green postcards on one of the tables, which have our website on them, and let people know to go online for bidding in the next few days. We have those GREAT paintings for sale!!!
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 email@example.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!
Once 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!
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.
Thank you, thank you, thank you —
to our volunteers and sponsors,
and to Salt Lake City for your welcoming spirit!
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!