Why I Got Involved ...
June 4, 2016

By Ryan Whittman
President, MilkWorks Board of Directors

When my wife and I started trying for a family, I knew very little about breastfeeding. I knew that it was natural and free, but I assumed that, thanks to the miracles of modern science, formula was fine. I didn't have a strong preference either way. My wife did a lot of research and informed me that breastfeeding was the route we should go with our child(ren). I supported that decision because I figured I just saved a bunch of money without having to switch to Geico.

However, when our first son was born, we found out that this beautiful and natural thing that mothers and babies have been doing since the beginning of humanity isn't always easy ...

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Let's Par-tay!
Registration is now open for our Birthday Party and MilkWalk/Fun Run Celebration Sunday, June 12th from
2-4 p.m. at Union Plaza! Here's the scoop: 
  • Music, games and activities from 2-4
  • 1 mile MilkWalk and Fun Run begins @ 2:15
  • MilkWorks alumni group photo @ 3
  • Sing Happy Birthday and enjoy treats @ 3:15
Celebrate MilkWorks and connect with old friends! Visit our website for more info and to register.  
Oh {Rockbrook} Baby!
Check out the Rockbrook Baby event TODAY (Saturday, June 4th) 10 am-1 p.m. at Rockbrook Village in Omaha! There's so much for new and expectant parents in one place - you won't want to miss it! Hosted by MilkWorks O and Baby Junk.  

Give to Lincoln Day - Thank You!
Thank you to the Lincoln Community Foundation and the many sponsors and donors who made Give to Lincoln Day 2016 a success! We love the messages that we received in honor of, or in memory of, special people. Thanks for letting us be a part of your lives!

Meet Sami, a 2002 MilkBaby!

Shanon and Sami came to MilkWorks in 2002. MilkWorks was just over a year old, and our moms' groups were held on a sofa and a few chairs in our waiting area, right next to the weigh station. Our staff was small (less than 10), and there was no private insurance coverage for pumps or breastfeeding support......

Fighters, Dreamers and Doers
The Community Health Endowment's 2016  Annual Meeting with the Community will take place Wednesday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at the Bryan East Campus Plaza Conference Center, 1600 S. 48th Street. Six speakers will give inspiring, 400-second stories about their work on the front lines of making Lincoln a healthier community, including Julie Blasquez, a native of Bogota, Colombia, and one of MilkWorks Community Breastfeeding Educators. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Breastfeeding in Every Neighborhood
Meet Khamisa Abdalla: Khamisa is originally from Sudan and came to Lincoln with her family in 2000. She is very involved in our community as an advocate for the Asian Community and Cultural Center and is also a Community Breastfeeding Educator.

Mothers may call or email Khamisa for breastfeeding support. She speaks all Arabic dialects as well as Nuba and English. Her phone is 402-477-3446 and her email is khamisa@lincolnasiancenter.org
Breastfeeding Research
Dr. Leeper was one of the first breastfeeding medicine specialists in the country. Below, she shares some of the latest research related to breastfeeding and its impact on our health:

Being breastfed decreases a baby's risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease later in life, most likely because breastfeeding is associated with a healthier gut microbiome.

Previously, research showed that "fecal transplants" (yes, taking intestinal contents from healthy person and placing them inside a sick person) helps to cure resistant overgrowth of the "bad" bacteria Clostridium difficile after antibiotic use. A recent study  took this a step further and found that fecal transplants were helpful for some patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), presumably by introducing a healthier set of bacteria to an affected person's microbiome.  
Dr. Kathy Leeper
Preparing for the IBCLC Exam?
Register now for the IBCLC exam prep course in Omaha August 22-27 taught by Linda Smith. Hosted by the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition, coalition members receive special pricing! Visit the Coalition's website for more information and to register.

Welcome New MilkWomen
We are very pleased to have two passionate new Breastfeeding Educators join our front desk staff!

Sarina is originally from Oregon and studied Family Studies and Public Health at UNK. She and her husband, Richard, have an adorable 4 month old named Emmy. Sarina is passionate about helping people and excited to be at MilkWorks to pursue a career in the field of her degree.
Kiran studied Education and Human Sciences at UNL. She is from Omaha and is getting married in June. She likes cooking and spending time with family. Kiran's goal is to become an IBCLC.
Welcome Sarina and Kiran!

Special Closing
MilkWorks Lincoln will be closed Sunday, June 12th for our Birthday Celebration! Join us at the Trails Center in Union Plaza for some outdoor fun!

Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who understand how valuable their support is!

Research demonstrates that fathers make a huge difference in whether their partners decide to breastfeed and how long they breastfeed. Thank you, dads, for providing support and impacting your kids' lives! 
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, June 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. - 2 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, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Omaha: Thursday, June 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.)
Wednesday, June 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Living with a Food Sensitivity: Provides support for moms and babies with a food sensitivity, and is designed to help moms eat healthy foods, explore coping techniques, connect with other moms, and get their baby ready to have a happy and healthy introduction to solids. Taught by a registered dietitian who specializes in food sensitivities. We encourage moms to schedule an appointment with one of our lactation consultants prior to attending the class. The fee is $25.
Lincoln: Wednesday, June 15, 6-8 p.m.

Kindersigns: Marcia Murray, a baby sign language specialist, will help you learn how to sign with your baby. Signing is a perfect way to communicate with your 6 to 18 month old. Signing helps pre-verbal children express their needs, and reduces frustration for kids and parents! Parents and grandparents welcome to attend. Fee is $20 for the 4-class series.
Lincoln: Tuesdays, July 5-August 2

Learn more here.
Lulu and Roo - One of Our Faves!
Adorable new little hoodies and shorties from one of our favorite handmade vendors. For boys and girls, newborn up to 12-18 months.

Hey HOH!
We love our local friend, Haus of Harry company! Lora just dropped off some new rad rompers and drool bibs - super soft and comfy, and perfect for hanging out this summer!
New Products from Puj
Bath time just got better! We just received the Puj tub, which is more plush and cushy than the compact and convenient-for-travel Flyte tub we've carried in the past. Also just in are Bath Treads, making bath and shower time safer thanks to their slip resistant texture.

Bedding from Cotton + Chrome
You have to check out this super soft and modern bedding for babies and toddlers from Cotton + Chrome out of Omaha! The prints are amazing!
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.

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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