BCUSA, I just had to drop you a note, while the tears of joy are still in my eyes, to say that today my Baby Cafe hit 1,000 in total attendance for the year. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the impact that this has had in our community and in the absolute trust that local mothers are putting in us. We are currently at 257 new mothers this year.
Today was just a typical drop-in: 12 total, 6 were new, 4 of those were less than 3 weeks old (including a set of twins.) The range of baby ages was 3 days to 13 months. There were tears from moms, giggles from babies, laughs from moms and dads, spit up, dirty diapers, babies on the breast, a baby with a formula bottle, and 3 of "us" there to cry, laugh, teach, and support them the whole time. Baby Cafe is my happy place.
I owe this all to the amazing model provided by this organization and to all the people behind it. This is honestly one of the greatest things I have ever been part of in my life. Thank you for your unfailing support.
Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE
Registered Lactation Consultant
Facilitator, Baby Cafe Bakersfield, A Licensed Baby Cafe USA Location