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February Newsletter

Happy Valentines Day! This is the month of love and no one can truly understand the love of a child until you have one. Are you tired? Are you frustrated? Yes, but the love for these little human beings is unmatchable! Sometimes we are so busy with a new baby that we may let our relationship with our partner fall to the side. Here's the perfect time to re-energize that relationship. You don't need to do anything extravagant, just a little something to let them know you care. I was just introduced to the Gottman Institute. They offer courses for relationships. In fact, we may be offering them in our King of Prussia office soon. One of the suggestions they offer is "small things often". What does that exactly mean? It's the little things we do that show we care. I'm giving you a challenge. Do one very nice thing or say one very nice thing to your partner each day this month. After doing it for one month, it may come naturally. These can be as simple as sending a text midday stating, "Just wanted to let you know that I love you." or "Thanks for emptying the dishwasher, that made my day!" Maybe your partner loves a certain show, you can suggest they take an hour to indulge in peace and quiet. You can leave a sticky note on the bathroom mirror saying, "Good morning. I hope you have a great day!" This "small things often" approach can make a big impact on your relationship. Let me know how it works and have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Sincerely,
Colette Acker
Executive Director

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OMG! I forgot Tami!


In our last newsletter I highlighted the board members who were stepping down. I don't know how it happened, but I missed this amazing woman! Tami Montroy was on the board in 2015 and her contributions were endless. She took on the organization of our annual fundraiser one year. Let me tell you, this is no small task! She was on Executive Board as Secretary. She amazing took board minutes at an amazing speed and had them out to the board within days! She developed a complete educational video on HIPAA guidelines so that new staff and our community counselors could be trained easily. She also brought her humor and personality to every meeting which always made the meeting much more fun! We thank you, Tami Montroy for your years of service! And please forgive me for missing you last month!

Tami Montroy and her beautiful family!


New Support Group!



One of our amazing Community Counselors, Angela Stokes approached me asking if the BRC could host a support group for women of color. I thought it was an awesome idea. We created a poll to determine if this is something the BRC Community would be interested in. The results were an astounding yes! We're happy to announce that our first support group for women of color will be held on Tuesday February 4th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at our Abington location. Although it's free, we're asking families to REGISTER. 

What an awesome idea!


The maternal doll is joining the fight against breastfeeding stigma and it is hoped she will help to encourage kids to see breastfeeding as normal from a young age.
Betty Strachan, a mother of two from Brisbane, Australia, first started making the dolls for her children.
The creative mama repaints dolls to give them a more realistic look. She first started doing this for her own children a few years ago but soon realized other parents were keen to have more realistic dolls for their own children to play with.
Writing on her product page, she said, "Growing up, it always struck me as odd that there wasn't as much diversity in the doll world as there could or should be. Not every child is born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Some have freckles, some have gaps in their teeth."
Breastfeeding Barbie is the latest doll added to her collection of diverse dolls. In fact, there's a whole series of dolls to celebrate motherhood. Breastfeeding Barbie comes with a newborn doll but there's also pregnancy Barbie who comes with a sizable bump. I LOVE THIS!
You can order your own here. 

Find out how OTs and SPL students can help you!


We love our collaboration with Salus University. Their Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy graduate students are AMAZING! Please check our calendar (link below) for their new classes! 

Going viral!


Did you see this awesome pic on social media? A police officer who was on duty at a hospital nursed a neglected baby! Love these stories!! Social media can be fun and informative. Please follow us on Facebook at Breastfeeding Resource Center and Instagram at breastfeeding_resource_center. 
Why go to the BRC?


BRC Workshops & Classes

Check out the link below for the full calendar!
Thank you for choosing the BRC for all your breastfeeding needs. If there is anything else our organization can offer, please let me know!

Sincerely,

Colette M. Acker, IBCLC
Executive Director
Breastfeeding Resource Center