A Village of Care
April 2, 2016

By Ann Seacrest, RN, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist

This week the Buffett Early Childhood Institute released a statewide survey conducted by Gallup on Early Care and Education in Nebraska. The survey shows that the vast majority of Nebraskans understand the value of early care on the success of our children. These results will kick off an effort to bring early childhood care and education to the forefront of Nebraska policy, community development and social justice discussions. MilkWorks could not be more pleased!

The findings of the Buffett Institute also support Lincoln Prosper, a local initiative focusing on the importance of the early childhood period. According to both groups, crucial brain development in the first eight years of a child's life, especially in the first six months, forms the foundation for optimal learning and development. The Institute wants to level the playing field for all children and eliminate gaps in achievement. MilkWorks could not agree more - since breastfeeding is proven to be a key player in early development of the brain.

Read more of Ann's blog

Baby Fair in Omaha
Come see us at Baby Love, Omaha's Only Baby Fair THIS Sunday, April 3 at Baxter Arena in Omaha. Pamper. Shop. Learn. Everything mama, daddy, and baby in one place, for one day! MilkWorks will be focusing on all things breastfeeding and holding drawings for TONS of awesome giveaways!! We're talking nursing bras (Bravado, Leading Lady, Anita), swaddle blankets, Wubbanubs, Milkies Milk Savers, Bamboobies & more!! Tickets are available here or at the door.  
An Interview with CBE JueYeZi
Meet JueYeZi (Rebecca) Reinhardt, one of Lincoln's  JueYeZi talks about breastfeeding in China and her passion for helping breastfeeding moms in Lincoln in this interview

Breastfeeding in Every Neighborhood

MilkWorks Lincoln will be hosting a Community Breastfeeding Educator workshop this spring. We are seeking culturally diverse moms who would like to serve as breastfeeding mentors for other moms. Scholarships are provided for women to attend the workshop and three new Community Breastfeeding Educators will be hired. Please email ann@milkworks.org for additional information.
A Gathering of Tiny Hands
Tiny Hands International is a Lincoln based organization that works internationally to end trafficking. Learn more and support their mission on April 9th at St. Mark's Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd. in Lincoln from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Author Vicki Tiede will speak at a brunch at 11 a.m. with a with a shopping fair to follow. babyworks will be there! Register here.
Taking on Ear Infections
Ear infections are the number one reason that kids visit their doctor, take antibiotics and have surgery. The good news from Dr. Gupta's Guide is that breastfeeding for six months is associated with a significantly lower risk of upper respiratory infections, which are highly associated with ear infections.
MilkWoman Wanted
If you love sharing breastfeeding information with moms and new babies in a supportive environment, apply to be a Breastfeeding Educator at MilkWorks in Lincoln. This is a part-time, front desk position (16-24 hours a week, including some weekend hours). Please email your resume (or questions!) to paula@milkworks.org.

Work Site Support
77.4% of moms in Nebraska return to work after their baby is born, and federal and state laws protect and support breastfeeding moms who are employed outside the home. Workwell, a division of the Nebraska Safety Council, has developed a comprehensive resource guide and webinar series to guide Nebraska businesses in creating breastfeeding friendly work sites. Share their wisdom with your place of employment! Read more.   
Introducing ... the Spectra!
MilkWorks is very particular about the quality of our breast pumps, and we are pleased to offer a new "pump on the block" to mothers in our communities! We now offer either a Spectra or Medela pump for all of our in-network private and insurance plans that cover personal use pumps.

All of our pumps come with our FREE Pump Service Plan: information on using and maintaining a pump, pump checks to make sure your pump is working right, help with fitting a breast shield, and our Return to Work While Breastfeeding class.

Welcome to the Neighborhood!
MilkWorks Lincoln is excited to have a new neighbor in the Trade Center! Eucalyptus Day Spa is now open for business. With a special focus on individualized care and wellness, professionals Bethany Barnes and Jenny Willmott are providing therapeutic massage and skin care services virtually next door to MilkWorks. Welcome, Eucalyptus! 
Healthy Teeth Event
Join us for a free presentation on healthy teeth for babies and toddlers from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at MilkWorks in Lincoln! Dr. Libby and Dr. Emily from Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry will be on site to show you how to care for your baby's gums, first tooth and beyond through nursing and eating solid foods. This is a free presentation, but please call to register by Thursday, April 21, at (402) 423-6402. 
NE Breastfeeding Coaltion Meeting
Join the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coaltion for their next quarterly meeting on May 3 at the Southeast District County Health Department in Auburn. RSVP here.

Also check out their upcoming free webinar series!  
Upcoming Classes

All About Breastfeeding: Take this class in the second half of your pregnancy to get ready for that first feed! Bring dad with you! The fee is $25. (Please note: this class may be covered by your private insurance plan.)
Tuesday, April 12 and 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Return to Work: 
Perfect for moms heading back to the work force while breastfeeding! Join us while pregnant, or when you are on your maternity leave! The fee is $15. (Please note: this class is included in our FREE Pump Service Plan that comes with all breast pumps obtained at MilkWorks.)
 Lincoln: Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Living with a Food Sensitivity:  This class provides support for moms and babies who have a food sensitivity. Taught by Jessie Coffey, a registered dietitian who specializes in food sensitivities. The fee is $25. Registration is required.
Lincoln: Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-noon

Introducing Solids: Taught by a registered dietitian, this is  an ideal class to attend when your baby is three to six months old!  The fee is $15.  (Please note: this class is FREE for mothers who receive consultation services at MilkWorks.)
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-noon.

Learn more here.
New Prints from A+A
Our longtime favorite blanket and sleep sack brand has recently come out with six new swoon worthy prints! Find them on bibs, swaddles, sleep sacks and loveable little lovies in Silky Soft (Bamboo), Organic (cotton) and Classic (cotton) fabrics. Bold and modern, soft and sweet.

Why Wear Your Baby?

Wearing your baby is an age old practice worldwide, and research confirms that babywearing has a positive impact on a baby's growth and development. Many parents find it very convenient to strap on a baby and have their hands free (not to mention being close to that addictive baby smell!) ... and they are the perfect way to wrangle a wild toddler. We proudly carry Boba, Maya and Moby (Omaha only). Enjoy 20% off all wraps and carriers through the end of April!
Meet Egg by Susan Lazar
"All eggs might look the same on the outside, but inside lays infinite possibilities." - Susan Lazar

Adorable classic rompers and layette for fashionable babies by Egg now at babyworks in Lincoln!
Baby Registry and Gift Certificates

Don't forget about our baby registry at babyworks in Lincoln. Our process is simple: you come into babyworks and pick the items you want 2-3 weeks prior to your shower. We arrange the items in a basket with your name and shower date, making it easy for family and friends to shop! No need for long lists or roaming the aisles looking for certain items. PLUS, all items in your basket qualify for a 20% discount!!!

Don't know the gender of your baby? No problem - let your guests know that we also have gift certificates good for any products or services in Lincoln or Omaha!
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