The Return of FREE Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group

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Join us this Friday 2/20 for the Breastfeeding Support Group! FREE! 10-11:30am at Beach Cities Midwifery in Long Beach.

Pregnant folks, nursing moms at any stage in their breastfeeding journey are welcome!

This is mother-to-mother support, led by a Celine Malanum, CLE. Occasional guest local lactation professionals will lead or present on specific topics.

Please see flyer for more details or contact Celine.
latchandlinkLB@gmail.com
(562) 394-6278

Share the Love on Valentine’s Day – Donor Breast Milk Drive

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Join us on Saturday, February 14th 9am-12noon in the Johnson Room, Parr Health Center at St.Mary Medical Center 1050 Linden Ave. Long Beach 90813 to……

SHARE THE LOVE!!! This a free, family-friendly event to raise awareness about breast milk donation, screen potential and future donors, and to COLLECT milk for Mothers Milk Bank!  www.mothersmilk.org

Did you know here in Southern California we have the most requests for and receive the most amount of donor milk? Did you know as a region we donate the least? That’s right! We USE the MOST milk but we DONATE the LEAST! Let’s change that. Let’s be… Mothers Helping Mothers Nourish Our Neediest.

Representatives from Mothers’ Milk Bank will be there to educate us on milk donation, milk preparation process, to screen donors, and to collect your precious milk – truly MIRACLE working milk for preterm and critically ill babies in our hospital NICUs. Mothers’ Milk Bank is a not-for-profit milk bank and the only one in California accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).

BRING YOUR PROPERLY STORED MILK TO DONATE!!!

Pauline Sakamoto, Executive Director of Mothers Milk Bank and President of HMBANA, will be in attendance. She’ll speak, as well as representative NICU nurses from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the actual moms who have received and who have donated milk!

Snacks, door prizes, giveaways, kids activity, resources – please join us!! All are welcome.

www.latchandlinkLB.org
call (562) 394-6278
email  [  latchandlinkLB@gmail.com ]

Just announced – OPEN MIC for Breastfeeding Sat 10/11

It’s baaaaaaack. OPEN MIC for Breastfeeding! 

You’ve got a story. You’ve got a voice. You’ve got a community. And now, you’ve got the mic!

This will be the 3rd ever open mic focused on breastfeeding in our great city.

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The 2012 Open Mic for Breastfeeding! Most of the moms & babes who participated.

(Fun fact: The idea for Latch & Link: Long Beach was born at the these Open Mics – 2011 and 2012)

What: Open Mic Night – all about Breastfeeding

When: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 7:00-10:00pm (Sign-up starts 6:45pm)

Where: Viento y Agua Coffee House – 4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

Cost: Free! (But it’s nice to support breastfeeding-supportive businesses… plus their Mexican Mocha & Banana Chai Smoothie are outta control good!)

Why: WHY?! Because we need and deserve a night to go up on stage, and share our breastfeeding stories and experiences in a creative, special way. And we need and deserve to hear and support each other!

Who: YOU! Breastfeeding mothers, fathers, partners, family members.

Are kids welcome?: Always. Yes of course. However, Viento y Agua is not a huge space and it’s not ideal for a lot of kids running around.

What Else: “The Rules” – 3 minutes maximum per piece, one piece per person, please. Pieces must be about breastfeeding. Pieces must be supportive of breastfeeding – you can and should be honest, and speak your truths whatever they may be, but may not endorse formula, etc. No ugly language – racist, homophobic, violent, etc. There may be kids so probably best not to use any foul language, too.

I don’t know what to write or share: Just write something as you would a journal entry. Write a letter to your self, your body, your baby. Write lists – the best memories, the trying times, questions, mantras! Describe your breastfeeding experience in all metaphors. Nobody is judging you! A safe, supportive space for you to be honest and creative about your breastfeeding experience. We will post more writing ideas here in the coming weeks!

More info again soon. Please put this is on your calendar and don’t miss it! It’s so fun and inspiring and awesome.

Breastfeeding is a family effort and experience!

Breastfeeding is a family effort and experience!

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Here is Christine Gibson reading a piece about her breastfeeding experience with her son. Christine is the co-founder of Latch & Link: Long Beach.

Who’s on your breastfeeding team? Your words in print!

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month, and Latch & Link: Long Beach –  our wonderful friend, Jill, editor of the Wet Set Gazette magazine, put out an issue dedicated to breastfeeding!

Cover photo by Christina Hultquist // Little LA Photography

Cover photo by Christina Hultquist // Little LA Photography

Check out the beautiful cover by another wonderful friend, Christina, owner of Little LA Photography – “bellies, birth, babies!”

The Wet Set Gazette is a free publication for Southern California expectant and new moms, full of article and resources on pregnancy, childbirth, infant behavior and development, and maternal health. It’s put out by Dy-Dee Cloth Diaper Service.

**** The BEST part? There are 38 of YOUR STORIES in this issue! ***

We asked local LB-area moms via the Facebook group, “Breastfeeding Support for Long Beach Area Moms” and the Latch & Link Facebook page:

And we were able to publish 38 of your stories in a piece! Woohoo!

HOW CAN I GET MY HANDS ON THIS? 

Pick up your hard copy at the following spots. But *PLEASE* call first to make sure they are in stock!

Baby Awareness Studio – 3711 Long Beach Blvd., #708 Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 506-6103

Tiny ecoUrbanite – 3403 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 668-7914

Zen Baby Shop – 406 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 436-9993

 

Or can you read it online here:    Wet Set Gazette Volume 3 2014 on Issuu

Thanks and happy reading!

Breastfeeding (finally) getting some LOCAL LOVE from Long Beach newpapers

It seems media is mostly only interested in covering breastfeeding when it’s something sensational or salacious (that’s how they spin it, somehow). Take for example, back in June of this year, when local California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) graduate and mom, Karlesha Thurman, shared a photo she took of herself breastfeeding her daughter during commencement ceremonies. The photo, and her story, went viral and national faster than you can see “normalize it.” Oddly enough, local papers didn’t pick up her story. But when it rains, it pours. The last few weeks have seen breastfeeding articles in several Long Beach papers.

Latch & Link: Long Beach, and breastfeeding highlighted in several local publications? A fantastic way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and National Breastfeeding Month, community! What a way to show everyone that LONG BEACH BREASTFEEDS! Yeah we do. 

If you are so inclined, give these articles a “LIKE” and even better, a comment, to let the news world know that you WANT breastfeeding (positive, supportive, and evidence-based!) pieces covered! If the readers demand it, they will run ’em!

“2nd Annual Latch & Link Brings Breastfeeding Awareness to Long Beach” (Article by Asia Morris in the Long Beach Post, 07/23/14)

“162 Mothers Gather for Breastfeeding Challenge” (Article by Michelle Seibert & Ruben Diaz in the Daily 49er, 08/06/14)

“Breastfeeding the new normal? Moms hope so” (Column by Rich Archbold in the Press-Telegram, 08/17/14)

“Breastfeeding Mothers Need Support” (Op-ed piece by Christine Gibson in the Press-Telegram, 08/18/14)

Again, please “LIKE” and comment if you can!

Wouldn’t you love to see a series on breastfeeding in Long Beach – featuring our statistics, lactation professionals, and stories of local breastfeeding moms, babies, and families? We would! If we demand it, they’ll do it, it can happen!

Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014

Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014 was a total success!

High fives! Hugs! Fist bumps! Belly bumps! Knuckles! Happy happy joy joy! Love!

This was the 2nd annual Latch & Link: Long Beach – a free community breastfeeding fair celebrating World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month. It was held Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 10am-3pm at the park-like campus of UUCLB, 5450 E. Atherton Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815.

Here is this year’s event by the numbers:

  • Over 750 attendees! That’s around 300 families!
  • 162 children latched on to their mothers for the “Great Long Beach Latch”
  • 200 gift bags given out
  • Over 35 exhibitors
  • Over 35 raffle items
  • Over 100 women & babies participated in complimentary nursing photos
  • Dozens of complimentary massages
  • 28 complimentary acupuncture treatments
  • 2 food trucks (both sold out!)

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The “Great Long Beach Latch” at 11:00am on 8/2/14 at Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014. Photo by Little LA Photography.

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162 children latched – a new city record! Last year (2013), our number was 44! Incredible!

Highlights included a Resource Fair, the “Great Long Beach Latch,” Workshops, Talking Circles, “Ask an LC” (lactation consultant) Booth, Lactation Lounge, DIY Screen-Printing (of breastfeeding logos & designs), Kids Fun Zone, and so much more!

But the best part of it all was the LINK part! Linking women and families with the breastfeeding resources in our community, those resources linking together to provide better service to moms, and breastfeeding women and families linking with each other – to connect, support, and empower each other!

Check out more photos in this album and all over the Facebook page:  Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014 PHOTOS

A huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, exhibitors, in-kind donors, event hosts, and wonderful wonderful volunteer crew! And all moms, babies, and support people who made this event happen & thrive!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for Latch & Link: Long Beach 2015!

 

 

Updated Long Beach Breastfeeding Resources Guide

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This doc/pdf lives on this site on this page: Long Beach Breastfeeding Resources Guide

Hi everyone! We are back. Please check out the updated guide for breastfeeding resources here in Long Beach. We’re waiting to get more info on the Welcome Baby Program offered through Long Beach Miller Childrens Hospital. That program offers home visits from certified lactation educators (CLEs) to those mothers who qualify. We’ll update soon.

Thank you!
Celine, breastfeeding mother of P/4.5 years and O/9.5 weeks

 

 

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:
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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>