Have you stopped by the Breastfeeding Cafe yet? Well, what are you waiting for?! The Cafe runs daily August 1-15 this year at the Salt Lake City Main Public Library in the SHARE space right in the middle of the atrium. Click the icon to check out the Cafe blog including the events calendar and the blog carnival. LLL of SLC is holding meetings at the Main Library all month in partnership with the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition‘s Breastfeeding Cafe and in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. So come on down! There will be familiar faces, and plenty of new ones too. A great way to network in momma circles is to sign up for a volunteer shift — it’s easy and it’s fun, and your nursing baby is more than welcome. Meghan, one of our trusty Salt Lake Leaders, is the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2010 Breastfeeding Cafe. Give her a jingle at (801) 243-4355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to check out today’s Salt Lake Tribune article on the 5th annual Breastfeeding Cafe, linked. Nice photo! But why is breastfeeding misspelled in two different ways in the article? The main purpose of the Cafe is to encourage understanding of breastfeeding as a normal relationship between mother and child. Breastfeeding is how mothers and children first learn to communicate with one another, breastfeeding is a relationship, a way of being together. This is why breastfeeding is spelled as one word. You can’t separate the breast from the feeding without losing the relationship. Increasingly, medical researchers, anthropologists, and mothers are coming together in this understanding: Breastfeeding is the first relationship. Milk, antibodies, behavior and communication are all changed by breastfeeding, and there’s no separating milk and breast in the mind of a newborn. We learn to be human at our mothers’ breasts.
Someday we won’t need breastfeeding cafes. Everyone will understand how normal and important it is for mothers and babies to tuck into one another, how this first relationship is the foundation for families and communities. This summer we’re downtown celebrating the everyday wonders of the first mothering season, and your family is invited!