DRUMROLL…. St.Mary Medical Center is Long Beach’s first Baby-Friendly Hospital!

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CONGRATULATIONS are in order!

St.Mary Medical Center (Dignity Health) has received word back from their audit – they passed! They are now a designated BABY-FRIENDLY HOSPITAL! We couldn’t be more proud of them. Our friends in the lactation and L&D departments have worked very hard and their dedication to putting breastfeeding first is paying off.

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St.Mary Medical Center (SMMC) was our gracious host for the “Share the Love” Milk Drive we organized on February 14, 2014. Together, we were able to gather over 2,000 ounces of donated breast milk for Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose – and they have over 9 new donors! All that milk going to preterm and critically ill NICU babies all over our state. “Mothers helping mothers nourish our neediest”  — indeed, SMMC proved their dedication to supporting our local breastfeeding community that day!

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Share the Love milk drive: Celine Malanum (co-founder, Long Beach Breastfeeds), Pauline Sakamoto (executive director, Mothers’ Milk Bank, president HMBANA), Stacie Amarantos (Director of Maternal/Child Health, SMMC), Christine Gibson (advisor, Long Beach Breastfeeds).

Special high-fives and hugs to Stacie Amarantos and Theresa Brown, our dear friends at SMMC. Your hard work and big hearts are to be celebrated!

Learn more about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative HERE

Learn more about the certifying body of the BFHI, Baby Friendly USA HERE

Hooray for St.Mary’s – hooray for breastfeeding mothers, babies, and families – hooray for Long Beach! We are well on our way to becoming the most breastfeeding-friendly city around!

*** STAY TUNED… we hope to honor SMMC at Long Beach’s annual breastfeeding community fair LATCH & LINK coming up on Saturday, 8/1/15 – save the date! ***

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Long Beach Breastfeeds inaugural event!

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Vivan las mujeres and viva Long Beach Breastfeeds!

We had a great time today at the ¡VIVAN LAS MUJERES! Festival at the Museum of Latin American Art.

We have to say a big, love-filled THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers: Nicole, Melissa, Di, Chantal, and strong-man Mark. And bumps to our sister of BabywearingLB, and table neighbors: Amanda, Micah, Sheila, Liz, and Rocio. Love this community.

We got to roll out our banner and business cards, courtesy of wonderful local mama & artist, Melissa H. – thanks sister!

We got to meet members of our community, talk about breastfeeding, and make those personal connections that are so key. We feasted our eyes on art, and on the inspiring sounds & movements of Tropicaleiza Dance Company – these strong, powerful bateria musicians and dancers had us hooked! We couldn’t take our eyes off them and we couldn’t help but move our bodies. Ain’t too good for a food truck – we ate some crazy good Crispy Cuban. And we connected with our community!!!

BabywearingLB (our dear friends & comadres – breastfeeding & babywearing go hand-in-hand!)
Bayfront Youth & Family Services

Sewing Rebellion

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach

Long Beach Junior Roller Derby

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Junior League of Long Beach

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Every journey begins with one step. This was an important one for Long Beach Breastfeeds. Here we go!!!

Long Beach Breastfeeds at ¡VIVAN LAS MUJERES! Festival at MoLAA

Come see us at the Long Beach Breastfeeds table Sunday 3/15 11am-4pm at Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA)! Admission is free for all. Located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.

These is art, music, food, culture, communication, and community! Bring the whole family and make sure to bring water and a hat. It’s going to be warm!

Drop by, talk shop, swap info, and celebrate breastfeeding – one of our greatest powers as WOMEN!

http://www.molaa.org/vivanlasmujeresfestival2015.aspx

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Spring 2015 Long Beach Breastfeeding Resource Directory is HERE

Sorry for the delay, community! We are happy to announce the newest edition of our city’s first breastfeeding-centric directory is up. Please find it as a downloadable PDF here:

Long Beach Breastfeeding Resource Directory SPR15

We’ve updated listings, as well as added a few sections: Local Breastfeeding Events, and Breastfeeding-Related Laws in California. We expanded the “Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) – Private Practice, Home and Hospital Visits” to include CLCs – certified lactation counselors.

Please note this is a FREE document. Feel free to download and print, copy, send, post, and otherwise share. But, please, keep it free. It’s a community service effort.

We try our very best to ensure all information is correct. Please let us know if you find an error. Thank you!

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