Babywearing is in our Genes

The CFEC is a great supporter of babywearing. In fact, it's not unheard of to find some very young enthusiasts trying it out in the play cafe!

Don't forget to join us on May 13 for our Tummy 2 Tummy Class. In it, you can try on a variety of different carriers--including slings and wraps--to find the style carrier that works best for you.

For more info, click here or contact Laura, who will be leading the class. (lauravogan@gmail.com)

 

Kidcycle Kloset BLOWOUT

We're spring cleaning! Starting today, everything in the KidCycle Kloset is just $1. That's right, ONE DOLLAR. Now's your chance to snap up super cute onesies, that charming knit hat you've been eyeing, or a Bjorn potty seat that will make training a little easier. 

Proceeds from this BLOWOUT SALE will go to purchase of new seating in the cafe.  

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What's Growing On

Last week, our Drop-in Thursday really took flight as we focused on birds. One visitor in particular (Jade with her "binoculars") really got into the spirit with a bird-themed dress! Here's looking at you, kid.

For today's Drop-in Day, Flower Power, we'll be honoring beautiful blooms! Join us from 11:00-12 for crafts, stories and songs with Miss Naomi as we welcome spring in the most glorious way--naturally!

Join us today and don't forget to take pics. We may include them in the blog or on our Facebook or Instagram pages. See you at The Center!

Family Fun Day was a hoot

In case you missed last Saturday's Fun Family Day, our intern Toria helped kids learn about the beloved owl and create owl-focused crafts. Hoot doesn't love owls, we ask you?

Here are a couple of pics from March 18th's "What a Hoot." Thanks to all hoooo came out—and to Toria for making it a fun event!

Don't forget to join us for this Saturday's Family Fun Day, March 25 from 11-12. The Cincinnati Zoo drops by to teach us about fur, scales and feathers!!!

Breastfeeding Struggles: A Loss and Knowledge

You may have read recently a heartbreaking story of a mom who lost her newborn while exclusively breastfeeding. Suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome, she learned that she was not producing enough milk. Eventually, the newborn died due to lack of oxygen. In a Washington Post article and blog post that went viral, she had a warning message for exclusively breastfeeding parents. 

It might frighten mothers and fathers who plan to breastfeed, but it needn't. Being supported by a great doctor, pediatrician and lactation consultant--and the best information for your particular needs--is paramount. While nursing comes easily to many new moms, that is not always the case.

Having a great lactation consultant is so important. There are times (though rare) when moms cannot produce enough milk and it's necessary to supplement. Our resident lactation consultant, Wendy McHale, has helped numerous moms who are struggling or simply have questions about their own experiences.

We welcome families who are struggling with latch, milk production, have questions about weaning or just want to meet other moms who are breastfeeding and learn their experiences. Our Nurturing Your Newborn class and Breastfeeding Support Group meetings are excellent resources!

Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Meet Our Intern, Toria!

Join the CFEC in welcoming its new intern, Toria Black. A sophomore at Mount St. Joseph, she studies early childhood education. "Children are our future and helping educate and giving back to the community is very important," she says. 

You can find Toria Saturdays at the center, leading the Family Fun Day activities, as well as helping organize materials and supplies. She will also be helping with the blog and other duties.

In her free time, Toria enjoys volleyball. She believes, as we all do at the center, that "it takes a village to raise a child." Welcome, Toria!

 

 

Pumping Welcomed

Recently, a mom who was driving through the area, called the Center and asked if she could drop by to pump. This was a first for us, but we said sure! Maybe we should update our sign that reads "Breastfeeding Welcomed" to include "Pumping too!" 

We're honored she thought of us as a place she felt comfortable in helping to feed her child. Remember, all, you are welcome here. That reminds us, here was our February newsletter, which naturally, focused on love. 

 

If you haven't already, sign up below to get news about upcoming events happening at the Center, including meetings of the Breastfeeding Support Group. It's helpful to moms--and dads--who want to learn more, or need help nurturing their child. 

Love, 

The Center