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LLLI – August 8th 2012

La Leche League is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women that decide to breastfeed their baby’s. I want to give special acknowledgement to La Leche League for their support throughout the years and for bringing the breastfeeding café to our community for the 7th year. A successful exciting time that has become a tradition in salt lake to celebrate to the fullest the art of breastfeeding.

Highlight activities for the café: Elizabeth Smith from the University of Utah Hospital will be presenting on How Birth affects breastfeeding from 10-11am. WIC peer counselor Brenda Poprsenovic will be at the café for breastfeeding support and questions from 1-4pm and if you want to apply for WIC the peer counselors can also inform you how.

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Thankful Thursday

You missed a GREAT “after hours two-fer” last night. Excellent information on Kefir making and Essential Oils, from Natasha Boss and Rebecca Overson.La Leche League of Salt Lake will be holding their monthly series meeting at 10am in the library today. And be sure to stop in for our “Talk with a Midwife,” with Rebecca Williams of Great Expectations Birth Care, at 3pm.

I’d like to take opportunity today to say thank you to all of my Committee Members & Event Coordinators for the 2011 “Cafe Season”:

There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes action that goes on before the Cafe begins and while it runs in the SHARE space. So many fabulous ladies have volunteered their time, especially many Friday afternoons, to create this year’s theme and organize everything that brings the Cafe together.

I’ve wanted to give credit along the way as events come and go, but there’s been so much great stuff to share, it’s been hard to find a day to do it. Please thank these ladies for another wonderful year of the Breastfeeding Cafe, if you get a chance (volunteer reception on August 19 is a fine place to do it).

If you’re volunteering this year it’s only because Renee Yeoman is our fabulous volunteer coordinator. And she’s not the only one putting in hard work. Volunteers, are you LOVING your free parking? Thank Jeana Jones who coordinated EVERYTHING with the library, in fact, if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t have the SHARE space at all! Speaking of the SHARE space, Renee and myself were on “design” this year, Claire also got the word out on getting individuals to send in their favorite nursing photos.

A couple of lovely ladies created all of our posters and fliers. If you heard about our Cafe through media sources in our community or saw a poster somewhere, that’s because Julia Moench sent out a billion press release notices and created our wonderful orange posters. And if you saw a flier on a bulletin board around town, in your favorite grocery store, local library or somewhere else in your neighborhood, or you were given an invitation to one of our events going on during the Cafe, thank Natasha Boss who created TONS of fliers and invitations for our various events.

Are you leading or attending a class this year? You’ll want to thank Amanda Nederostek, who coordinated all of our education for the Cafe. Did you take part in the blog carnival? Then, be sure to thank Claire Lindstrom who was, for the second year running, Carnival Mistress. And if you’re reading this. . . Thank Tricia Lewandowski who is keeping up the website for our Silent Auction and daily posts!

I’m sure to forget someone. Kathy Grossman donated her gorgeous painting again this year, to raise money for the Cafe, go ahead. . .BID ON IT! Thank you to the Department of Health for all of the printing, and specifically Cara Munson who was something of our “printing liaison” this year through the DoH. This saved our budget TONS in printing costs and allowed us to spend on other things. Kathy Pope was also our “resource” lady, helping us get all of the resources from the Department of Health to the SHARE space.

Donation of chairs: Renee Yeoman and Melissa Knighton. Melissa also helped make sure that our resources were in order in the Cafe, specifically our La leche League tear-off sheets.
Latch On America: Judy Harris, Karin Hardman, Cara Munson, Timbra Wiist
Big Latch On: Jeana Jones
Flash Mob: Claire Lindstrom, Timbra Wiist
After Hours: Heidi Lewis
Translator and coordinator for WIC peer counselors: Gina Toledo
Utah Breastfeeding Coalition President: Karin Hardman
And a huge thank you to Volunteers, Event speakers and Presenters, and anyone else who has been part of the World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Cafe events, activities and celebrations.

Without the help of EVERYONE (yes, that includes 45 volunteers and 13 or more presenters), the Cafe’s presence in the community could not happen. Thank you for the different ways you support breastfeeding mothers, ALL mothers and the efforts of the Cafe.

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Saturday

It’s not too late to get yourself down to library square and be part of the Big Latch On at 10:30am today! Even if you arrive a few minutes late for registration (closing at 10:20am) there’s a special designated section for you late-comers and you can still register at 10:32. . . when the latch is over!!! Be sure to be there before 10:29 so you don’t miss your chance to be counted for this RECORD BREAKING event!

If you don’t have a baby ready to latch, because that baby is still waiting to HATCH. . . then you should be at the “Expectant Moms’ Circle” at 10am instead. Local La Leche League leader, Bradley Instructor and Doula, Amy Ihrig will be facilitating today’s circle, and I’m just SURE some of you have at least ONE question you’d like answered! Like, “What’s the Bradly Method?” Or “Why would someone need a Doula?” Or “How do I ensure a good start to breastfeeding? And what’s my birth got to do with it anyway?” Or maybe you’d just like to meet a few moms who you’ll someday form a playgroup with when you all have little people of the same age. . . lasting friendships begin in circles of like-minded mamas, so come on down and meet your new best friend today!

What does your afternoon look like? I’d suggest grabbing lunch and considering sticking near the SHARE space today after about 3:30 (but you won’t need to bring dinner along). . . JUST a suggestion. . .you never know WHAT you might see, or when! I know a few people who have been working pretty hard to show off their mad talent!

As a final reminder: Please note that we have another “After Hours” event this coming Wednesday and we have added to the Kefir Making How-To being lead by Natasha Boss, a second part of the “After Hours” evening, “Dr. Mom: Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Parenting” with Rebecca Overson of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage. Make a little space in your evening for this great evening of sharing.

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Day Two!!

Hello and welcome to Day Two of our 6th Annual Breastfeeding Cafe. Have you hopped over to see all of the FABULOUS SILENT AUCTION items we have this year? TWO paintings for silent auction and tons of fun smaller items as well. Your bids help support this year’s Breastfeeding Cafe and the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, which creates policy and action for breastfeeding in the professional world. SO important for breastfeeding mothers at work and at play! Check out the current bids in the comments section and leave your own bid there too (don’t forget to leave your email address and be checking back to see if you’ve been outbid). The Silent Auction runs through August 15th.

If you don’t see a silent auction item you want, consider one as a gift, or perhaps you’d like to become a member of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition www.utahbreastfeeding.org to become a member TODAY. I want to be sure to thank Tricia Lewandowski for her fabulous work on creating (and keeping up) the Silent Auction page, as well as updating our Breastfeeding Cafe website along the way.

What does the Cafe have in store for you today? Come ask Registered Dietician, Cara Munson, all of your nutrition questions. Does a nursing mother require a special diet while breastfeeding a newborn? A child starting solids? A toddler? An older child? I know you’ve got questions, so bring them at 9:30am and have them answered!

If you’re in the Murray area, we have a La Leche League meeting at noon today! www.lllofmurray.blogspot.com for information and directions

This afternoon we have one of our WIC breastfeeding peer counselors available, starting at 2pm. Are you wondering what WIC provides mothers in our community with regards to breastfeeding support? Are you a professional who might like a bit more information so you know when to refer someone to WIC? Or a volunteer who works closely with breastfeeding mothers, needing more information on other community resources? Are you, or do you know a Spanish speaking mother who could benefit from discussing breastfeeding with a peer counselor, IN Spanish? Then THIS IS THE TIME for you!

As a reminder:
Starting tomorrow through Friday, Mini Portrait Sessions with local photographer, Timbra Wiist of Landslide Photography (that happens to be me, I wear many hats). $20 minimum donation, which includes a mini nursing portrait session along with 5 high resolution, print ready photos on CD. This all goes to La Leche League of Murray and World Breastfeeding Week. CD of additional photos may be purchased later, a portion of this fee will also go directly to La Leche League of Murray. Email landslidephotography{at}hotmail{dot}come for details or to RSVP. Murray Park, Private Home in Sandy and Liberty Park, Wed/Th/Fri respectively.

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