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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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Cafe Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Cafe.

Come by an enjoy a meeting with the Babywearing Club of Northern Utah this morning.  This evening we’ll have a great discussion on natural family planning along with information about the Milk Depot here in Utah!  A great day of activities awaits you!
Today is the DAY!!  Our Silent Auction will be up and running some time this evening.  Come bid on some REALLY great items.  Some of our local “Baby Friendly Businesses” (click on the “Community” tab above to see a list of businesses that display the International Breastfeeding Symbol and support breastfeeding families)  have donated to this year’s Silent Auction, along with several other businesses.  You’ll definitely want to come over and bid on ALL of these awesome items.
Want to know more about our Baby Friendly Community page?  If you own a business or know someone who does and want to make that business “Baby Friendly” (breastfeeding friendly/family/child friendly) grab one of the awesome International Breastfeeding Symbol window clings from the Cafe along with the little blurb, which should be found nearby.  Have your businesses (or the business you want to approach) post our sticker to show the community that it is a business which stands in support of breastfeeding and welcomes family patronage, and we’ll share their business logo on our Community Page from here forward!  Don’t forget to update us at lllofmurray@gmail.com if a new business wants to take part in this community effort.
Speaking of Community Page and the Online Silent Auction, I want to give a shout-out to our web-ladies, who do so much of our online upkeep. Late in the game this year, Susan took over getting our site up to date prior to the Cafe.  Susan is a long-time LLL Leader, IBCLC, member of the UBC and creator of the Cafe itself.  She is also mother of one.  Claire is a lactivist blogger and mother of two. She is our Blog Carnival Creator. . .she sends out tons of emails each year to request participation and then sends daily html codes as participants post for the FULL TWO WEEKS leading up to the Cafe. This is Claire’s third year keeping up our Blog Carnival.  Claire agreed to maintaining our site and keeping it up-to-date throughout the Cafe this year as well, which includes daily posts from yours truly and getting our Silent Auction posted. Thank you to these two ladies who stepped up to keep our website current throughout the Cafe this year.
Are you enjoying the SHARE space this year?  Do you like our very public SHARE space in the Main Library, set in the heart of Downtown SLC?  Jeana is in her fourth year as the Library Liaison and has this role down to a science, even if library policies and point persons seem to change from year to year.  Don’t forget, if you need something while you are volunteering, please get in touch with Renee or Jeana, NOT the library itself (not the front desk!).  If you’re enjoying free-parking this year, our Cafe budget is paying for that and Jeana has been the liaison for being sure everyone has the appropriate amount of parking passes for their shift.  Thank you Jeana, for all that you do behind the scenes!
Don’t forget to check back for our Silent Auction items as they become available for bidding throughout the day.

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Cafe Day 2

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!

Have you ever visited a La Leche League meeting in the area?  Many of our volunteers heard about the Cafe for the first time through an LLL meeting they visited and several of our volunteers during the Cafe are also LLL Leaders.  Our local LLL Groups will continue to hold meetings throughout the Valley and beyond, this month.  Today LLL of Murray meets at 494E 5300S at noon.  We invite all pregnant and nursing mothers (with nursing children of any age) to join us for our monthly series meeting.  During the Cafe LLL of SLC, Sandy and Ogden will all hold meetings at their regular times, check out www.lllutah.org for meeting times and locations (the SLC Group will hold a meeting in our SHARE space AND at the Sprague library, simultaneously this month).
I hope you were able to enjoy a discussion circle or some yoga yesterday.  Don’t miss out on meeting the moms of Attachment Parenting Club of Salt Lake as they get together today.  For working mothers, we’ve got an evening class today!  The discussion will center around working and breastfeeding with some great resource information on pumping and storing human milk, as well as discussing the emotions that come with being away from baby!
I’d like to highlight another of our committee members today and all of those she works with during the Cafe.

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!!!

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Cafe Day 1

Good Morning and welcome to Day One of our 8th Annual Breastfeeding Cafe.  We are excited about our line-up of classes this year and about everyone who is volunteering to make this event a success!  Each day I, Timbra, this year’s Chairwoman, will bring you a little note about some of our volunteers and events going on during the Cafe.
On this, the first day of the Cafe I’d like to recognize the committee of women who have made all of the planning and organizing possible.  Each year a group of women come together about once/month and more frequently as the Cafe draws near, to put together the best event we possibly can. There are many facets to the planning and it can’t be done without each person doing a lot of work and a lot of other women helping out during the Cafe itself!  Also of note, these women come together while taking time away from their families, taking off of work early, and all as volunteers.  Each day I’d like to highlight a different woman on the committee and her role with the Cafe this year.
Today I will highlight three individuals because I would also like to bring to your attention the best way to continue to help us spread the word about all of our classes during the Cafe.
First is our Social Media Coordinator, Cheryl.  Cheryl is new to the Cafe committee this year. She is a retired LLL Leader and mother of two.  If you’ve been enjoying interactive questions, funny little posts and insightful articles that have been posted to the Cafe facebook page since February, Cheryl is to thank! Cheryl has also created an event invitation for each of the classes that will be held during the Cafe.  Want to help Cheryl (and us) out?  Be sure to join each event (you can even just click “maybe”) then click “Invite friends,” pick all of your friends you think might be interested in a class and send them the invite as well.  If you aren’t actually going to the event, you can just click “not going” right after you’re done with your invitation list.  And don’t forget, after you’ve liked our page, be sure to hover over “like” and click “get notifications” so that daily updates, articles, and announcements about next year’s Cafe, will all show up in your feed throughout the year.
Next up are our Education Coordinators.  This year Amanda, who is in her fourth year as Education Coordinator, paired up with Katherine, who is new the Cafe Committee.  Amanda works with the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, Katherine is an LLL Leader in Murray and mother of two.  The two worked together to make countless phone calls and follow-up calls to bring us a power-packed schedule of demonstrations and informative class topics as well as discussion circles, throughout the Cafe.  Please attend one or more class this year and enjoy the hard work of these two ladies.  If you would like to bring a topic of discussion or demonstration class next year, that ties in well with promoting the relationship between parent and child, please contact one of these ladies to get your name on next year’s call list.
Thank you to all of our committee members this year.  Tomorrow you’ll get a chance to meet some of the other ladies and hear of their contributions to this year’s Breastfeeding Cafe.

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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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