World Breastfeeding Week was a blast! The week kicked off with an event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital on Tuesday and ended with an event hosted by Northeast Iowa Doulas on Friday afternoon. Each event had fantastic turnout and offered moms in the Cedar Valley the opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with each other as well as connect with area professionals who were present to offer breastfeeding and postpartum support.
Tuesday – Unitypoint Allen Hospital
Our team was so excited to attend the kick-off event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital. We loved seeing all the new moms at the event who were able to talk with nurses, WIC peer counselors, CLCs, and other educators. Those in attendance were able to enter their name in a drawing for a variety prizes, including: Medela Breast Pumps, gift cards, and gift baskets filled with goodies for parents and baby.
Attendees were also able to pick up a “passport” to use for the rest of the week. If the attendee made it to all four events during the week they were eligible for a special prize!
Wednesday - Covenant Medical Center
Our team enjoyed this event immensely! The room was so full it looked as if they will have to open up the other side of the room and order another cake next year! We had a wonderful time visiting with several moms and their precious little ones. Door prizes included a Medela Pump in Style and an Ergo Baby Carrier! One thing attendees really loved seeing was the activity table for older siblings. IBCLCs, Rhonda, Debbie and Phyllis and the rest of the lactation staff at Covenant did a wonderful job pulling this event off! We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the community next year!
Thursday – Operation Threshold
Operation Threshold had a successful event as well! So many moms and their little ones were able to be there to celebrate their breastfeeding journeys. Door prizes included a gift basket that contained a boobie beanie hat, hand crafted by Carrie Evans. Operation Threshold staff announced they will soon be starting a breastfeeding support group. During the event attendees were given sticky notes and encouraged to suggest names for the new support group. This will be yet another excellent resource for moms in the Cedar Valley.
Friday – Northeast Iowa Doulas at Family Health Chiropractic
Our World Breastfeeding Week event at Family Health Chiropractic was a great success! Moms were able to connect with each other in a supportive environment while kids were able to play with toys and color in the coloring books provided by NEID. Everyone loved the treats provided and the special decorated cookies with the national breastfeeding icons were definitely the crowd favorite. Attendees were able to enter a drawing for some fabulous door prizes.
Congratulations to our winners!
Laura Greiner: Breastmilk Freezing & Storage Bottles Bulk Pack
Courtesy of Family Health Chiropractic, PC
Jonni Meier: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography
Audrey Edwards: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography
Carly Buls: GRAND PRIZE – Breastfeeding Support Gift Basket (value $200+)
**Includes 4 hours of specialized postpartum doula care**
Courtesy of Northeast Iowa Doulas
We were so pleased to offer breastfeeding mini sessions. During the event, photographer Stephanie Bertoli, owner of Mama Meraki Photography, was able to capture beautiful images in during each session. Many attendees took advantage of this special offer so this will definitely be something we offer every year. We look forward to having Stephanie back next year.
We’d like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Stacy Carlin of Family Health Chiropractic. Thank you, Dr. Stacy and staff, for partnering with Northeast Iowa Doulas again this year to bring this fantastic event to our community.
We had an amazing time celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2016 in the Cedar Valley and look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Authored by: Victoria Cartland and Kaity Klotzbach