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New LLL Group in Tooele

Good news for moms and expectant families in Tooele, Erda, Stansbury Park, and Grantsville — La Leche League is coming your way! Mark your calendars for the first meeting of 2014 on Thursday January 23rd at 7pm. The topic will be: “Getting breastfeeding off to a good start.” Come to learn, to network with other mothers, to share your own experiences. Time is always set aside for individual questions on any aspect of nursing. Expectant mothers are especially encouraged to attend. Nursing children and happy siblings are welcome at LLL meetings. Feel free to bring a friend or interested grandmother. Contact Christina at 801-623-1797 or sprintina@gmail.com for meeting location and, of course, for any other questions you might have. Come help grow a nursing community in your neighborhood. Spread the word!

Mothers’ Bill of Rights

Hey, look what’s happening in New York!  The New York State Department of Health has mom’s back with the “Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights.”

A few highlights and inspirations:

You have the right to know if your doctor or your baby’s pediatrician is advising against breastfeeding before any feeding decisions are made.

You have the right to receive full information about how you are doing with breastfeeding and get help on how to improve.

If you, or your baby, are re-hospitalized in a maternal care facility after the initial delivery stay, the hospital will make every effort to continue to support breastfeeding, to provide hospital grade electric pumps and rooming-in facilities.

You have the right to have help from someone specially trained in breastfeeding support and expressing breast milk if your baby has special needs.

You have the right to have a family member or friend receive breastfeeding information from a staff member if you request it.

The complete text of the “Mothers’ Bill of Rights” is available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, and Haitian Creole.

The WHO document, “10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” sets the stage for breastfeeding at birth.  New York State now lays out a clear path of expectations for mothers and babies both at birth, in medical centers, and in the community.  Mothers who encounter obstacles nursing in public are invited to bring complaints to the New York State Division of Human Rights.

This bill of rights has attitude and I hope mothers in New York are empowered by its language.  Language this strong demonstrates a community expectation of breastfeeding.

Bravo, New York!

—  Susan

Our National Cost of Not Breastfeeding

“The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations,” according to a new study published in Pediatrics.  Read the CNN report here:  “Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars.”

The authors highlight practices that undermine breastfeeding such as delays in allowing mothers and babies to be together skin-to-skin, a practice that captures and reinforces a newborn’s instinct to suckle properly.

When breastfeeding falls short of expectations, it is generally because support for breastfeeding falls short of mothers’ and babies’ needs.  It is good to see media attention to the idea that breastfeeding support is a community responsibility.

—  Susan

It takes a community to support breastfeeding.  Come be part of a nursing community in Salt Lake.  Check out an upcoming meeting or drop a line to breastfeedingslc@gmail.com to receive meeting and event notices.

Cafe Day Returns!

We are adding a fourth meeting option for moms and cafe kids!  On Thursday January 28th we will launch our winter season Cafe Day at Cafe Niche, 779 East 300 South, from 10 am until 12 noon.

Please join us if you would like to continue a conversation from a meeting, if you have an issue you’d like to explore, or if you’ve never been to a meeting but think you’d enjoy a cafe atmosphere.  This is a great informal way to introduce a newborn, take a break, or get tips on that new baby carrier.  Feel free to bring a friend or visiting grandmother.  Leaders will also be on hand to help with any breastfeeding concerns.

Weekly email reminders contain location and topic details, as well as any updates or changes.  To stay in the loop, just send a brief note to breastfeedingslc@gmail.com.  You will receive an email announcement by Monday evening on weeks we hold a meeting or event.

An overview of our 2010 monthly schedule of meetings follows:

1st Thursday 10:15 am Series Meeting

for expectant and nursing mothers exploring the full first year

2nd Thursday 10:15 am Nursing and Beyond

for mothers nursing beyond the first year

3rd Thursday 7 pm  Evening Series

for expectant and nursing mothers exploring the full first year

4th Thursday 10 am  Cafe Day

all conversations welcome!

We would like to include more people in more ways so we are exploring Cafe Days and Playgroups in addition to our more traditional meetings.  Please let us know what you think!

—  Susan

All LLL gatherings are relaxed settings for discussion.  All women are welcome to attend and we occasionally offer topics of special interest to the men and fathers in our children’s lives.  Of course,  babies and children are welcome and expected!