Long Beach Breastfeeds on hiatus… to birth & breastfeed, of course

Long Beach Breastfeeds will be on a short hiatus through the end of March, hopefully resurfacing in April 2014. Here’s a clue:
69288_10152620815458782_1372933758_n… it’s Baby #2! Henna by Jenny Ahn/Awakening Yogi.

Read more about the hiatus on our ABOUT page.

In the interim, we’ve posted a schedule of sorts of recurring Weekly, Monthly, and Online events to keep you connected to the LB breastfeeding community: CHECK IT HERE

Remember that we have a “Long Beach Breastfeeding Resource Guide” that is more extensive, available to view and download: CHECK IT HERE

Beyond Long Beach? BreastfeedLA has their 2013 Resource Directory: CHECK IT HERE

It’s 3 a.m. and you have a breastfeeding question? You have a community online. What are you waiting for? Join “Breastfeeding Support for Long Beach Area Moms” on Facebook and jump in. Ask something. Share something. Don’t be scurred. That’s not the Long Beach way: CHECK IT HERE

Thanks! Stay healthy & happy. And mamas? You’re doing a great job. You really, truly are.
Fist bump, Celine

Save the Date! Latch & Link Long Beach 2014 is happening y’all!

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Please save the date for Latch & Link 2014 – Saturday, August 2nd, 2014!

We’re very excited to announce this great news. We have a lot to celebrate as a breastfeeding community here in Long Beach – it’s awesome to come together and share our information, resources, and stories. The location will be the same – Universalist Unitarian Church of Long Beach. Such a great space for us to spread out. The event times are TBD, but please expect a morning & afternoon event. Highlights from last year’s inaugural event include: Big Latch On event (we reported 44 babies & children latched on at the same time), Breastfeeding Community Resource Fair, “Ask an LC” Lounge with lactation consultants offering free tips, Breastfeeding Open Mic, and crafts for all ages. It was such a beautiful, informative, and fun day!

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Big Latch On at Latch & Link 8/3/13. Photo courtesy of Little L.A. Photography, 2013.

Event organizers, Christine and I (Celine), will be hard at work planning and will have more to announce starting in April. Until then, please save the date (and share with others!) and please “like” the official Latch & Link Long Beach Facebook Page for the most current updates: www.facebook.com/LBLatchandLink
We are actively seeking event sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. Want to be involved? Please connect with us via Facebook, and please email us at:  <latchandlinkLB@gmail.com>

Weekly & Monthly Breastfeeding Events in Long Beach

*** Please use the contact information provided for each listing to confirm the event is actually happening before you head over. Sometimes events are cancelled last minute and we don’t want you to be left hanging!

WEEKLY Lactation Clinics & Breastfeeding Support Groups in Long Beach

MONDAY

  • Outpatient Lactation Clinic @ Miller Children’s Hospital – 8:00am-4:00pm                  Last appointment is 3pm. Must call for appointment: (562) 933-2779 or (562) 933-8081 (M, W, F)

TUESDAY

  • Lactation Clinic with Susan Orr, IBCLC @ Columbia Pediatrics – 9:00am             Small group setting. $20 check or cash. Must call to ensure space: (562) 427-3782 (T, Th)
  • “Nurturing the New You” Support Group with @ Memorial Medical Center – 10:00am-12noon. Free parent support group led by health professionals Tara & Emma. Registration encouraged but not required. Please call 1-800-MEMORIAL, Emma (562) 208-2279, or Tara (562) 650-0474  ***Please note this support group focused on the transitions into parenthood. Breastfeeding is a recurrent topic, but not the sole focus.

WEDNESDAY

  • Outpatient Lactation Clinic @ Miller Children’s Hospital – 8:00am-4:00pm                  Last appointment is 3pm. Must call for appointment: (562) 933-2779 or (562) 933-8081 (M, W, F)

THURSDAY

  • Lactation Clinic with Susan Orr, IBCLC @ Columbia Pediatrics – 9:00am             Small group setting. $20 check or cash. Must call to ensure space: (562) 427-3782 (T, Th)

FRIDAY

  • Outpatient Lactation Clinic @ Miller Children’s Hospital – 8:00am-4:00pm                  Last appointment is 3pm. Must call for appointment: (562) 933-2779 or (562) 933-8081 (M, W, F)
  • Granola Babies Breastfeeding Support Group @ Beach Cities Midwifery 10-11:30am Free mother-to-mother support led by a certified lactation educator (CLE). Expectant and nursing mother welcome, as well as young toddlers and children. No men allowed, please. Call (562) 206-4763 or email <moonval119@me.com> for more information.

SATURDAY

  • Lactation Clinic @ Baby Awareness Studio – 9:00am-12noon                                One-on-one appointments with Sandra Davis- Hathaway, IBCLC or Christina Rodriguez, IBCLC (rotating). $30 for one hour. Walk-ins OK or call for appointment: (562) 674-8500  // www.facebook.com/BabyAwarenessStudio
  • Breastfeeding Support Group @ Baby Awareness Studio – 12noon-1:00pm Donation-based, childcare available on-site. Please call (562) 674-8500

*** St.Mary’s Medical Center also offers lactation help. Please contact them to find out their weekly offerings: 1-888-478-6279 or (562) 491-9218 or (562) 491-9916

MONTHLY Lactation Clinics & Breastfeeding Support Groups in Long Beach

  • La Leche League of Long Beach Breastfeeding Support Group meets twice monthly – 2nd Tuesday (morning meeting), and 4th Wednesday (evening meeting). Meetings are free and run by La Leche League leaders. Morning meetings start at 9:30am are mothers and babies/children only (no men), and held in the 90802 zip code. Evening meetings start at 7:00pm in the 90712 zip code. Evening meetings are open to dads/male partners. Please call (562) 804-8725 for more information and exact meeting locations.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group @ Tiny ecoUrbanite meets select Tuesdays, 11:30am.  Free. As of yet, no CLE has been secured but please call (562) 668-7914 for updated information. //  www.tinyecourbanite.com

ONLINE Breastfeeding Community in Long Beach

Breastfeeding Support Group for Long Beach Area Moms – Please see link below. You must have a Facebook account. Requests to be added to the group are quickly vetted by group administrators. This is a very active group at all times of the day and night. This is a mother-to-mother (no men allowed) breastfeeding-centric positive support group that is well-monitored. Post any and all breastfeeding-related questions, concerns, and stories. https://www.facebook.com/groups/204462633013108/