It’s World Breastfeeding Week and yesterday HackensackUMC Mountainside celebrated by participating in The Big Latch On, an attempt to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously across the globe.
Diana Durham, Director of Obstetrical Services at the hospital welcomed over 65 guests including nursing mothers, family members, friends and supporters of breastfeeding. At 10:30 am, she made the call to “latch on” and counted 35 official latches by 34 nursing moms.
Calling all Breastfeeding Mamas! Put that baby (or toddler) in a sling and head over to HackensackUMC Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, August 2 to join other nursing moms in solidarity at the annual The Big Latch On Nurse In.
The event is held in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and will feature a workout demonstration, massage station, prizes and refreshments.
“There is significant evidence that breastfeeding provides both immediate and long-term benefits such as a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal disturbances, strengthening of the immune system and a decreased risk of childhood obesity,” said Diana Durham, Director of Maternity Services at HackensackUMC Mountainside.
According to a recent study on breastfeeding in America by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 77 percent of babies begin breastfeeding — a very good thing according to most health organizations who recommend babies be exclusively breastfed for at least six months after birth. However using recent data, the CDC has created aBreastfeeding Report Cardto show how long mothers continue to breastfeed across the country, and the percentage drops significantly. New Jersey ranks as one of the worst breastfeeding states with only 10.9 percent of mothers exclusively nursing for the first six months.
Here are the percentage of women who are exclusively breastfeeding at six months by state: Continue Reading
Let’s be honest. Music classes eventually lose their magic and toddler tumbling sessions can become a drag. Sometimes we need a new activity to shake up our schedules. So when Barista Kids learned about the new Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties in Montclair, we were eager to learn more.
Barista Kids sat down with event planner and Glitz & Glam Kids creator Keyana Tennant who told us all about these fun events.
BK: What are Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties? Tennant: These are monthly themed parties that the whole family can enjoy. We always have entertainment, like face painting and balloon twisters and characters as well as games, free raffles, food and drinks. We also have a DJ and, of course, dancing. If you schedule a birthday party during one of the events, your guests can enjoy pizza and cake. Every family also leaves with a free family photo and free giveaways from local businesses. And we have vendors just in case our attendees want to do a little shopping in between the fun.
BK: Sounds like all the makings of a fabulous time. Tennant: It truly is. And the parties are inspiring, too. We carve out time between dancing and entertainment to showcase the children’s talents. Last month we had tumblers and at the June 29th party we will have a two year old DJ.
BK: Did you say that a two year old will be DJ’ing part of your next party? Tennant: Yes… he dances, too.
Now through the end of May, South Orange/Maplewood Mothers & More will be hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Newark location of the North Porch Women and Infants’ Centers. There is a huge need for diapers among low-income families. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, disposable diapers cost up to $100 per month per baby, and diapers cannot be purchased through any government assistance program. One out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers.
Though donations of all disposable diapers (even open packs) are welcome, there is a strong need for sizes 4, 5 and 6 and Pull-Ups 2-3T, 3-4T and 4-5T. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.
Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!
Giving baby gifts can be difficult for those who want to give something useful, not just adorable. The last thing we want to do for our friends is add to their work – or clutter – when a new baby comes onto the scene. At the recent Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, Barista Kids found several great ideas for baby and family gifts that are both useful and attractive.
First, the Nurse Purse is a traditional gift with a twist for mothers who decide to breastfeed their babies and work out of the home. This bag is made to hold a pump while still looking professional and beautiful. With easy access to the pump through the bag, there is no need to break down the pump between uses, and its roomy design provides space for files, personal items, and even a laptop. The various designs are grown-up and modern, allowing the bags to evolve in use as your child gets older.
It’s time for Watchung Booksellers annual kid’s bookmark contest, which is a great opportunity for creative kids to show off their talents. This year the theme is inspired by Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans and asks — What Does Your Dream Pet Look Like?