#DearCinnaMoms Feb 21'



Like a rainy season in Southern California, February has come and gone. Our winter slowly giving way to warmer and longer days while still needing a thick blanket for those cold nights. With many wonderful things to look forward to in the coming spring and summer months, we should not forget the beauty that lies in the now. Quarantining and distance learning are the current norms but that will not stop CinnaMoms and Kaiser Permanente from striving to provide a safe place where we can come together to share, advocate and support each other in breastfeeding, parenting, and health for the entire life course.


CinnaMoms is holding virtual meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and for those of you that weren’t able to meet with us this month; here is what you missed!


 

Our February CinnaMoms virtual meet-ups were led by Lydia Boyd IBCLC, Peer Counselor, and Doula from our neighboring WIC Agency WattsHealth WIC, Wanda, IBCLC, and Sharen, RDN, MFCC from our very own Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC. They are extraordinary women and breastfeeding professionals and with the help of much more education and health experts working tirelessly behind the scenes, groups of almost 40 individuals came together to learn and in support of each other. Our leaders, with years of experience under their belts, continue helping families overcome some of the greatest obstacles new and returning parents face.


February’s discussion topics included the importance of Babywearing along with many of the benefits for the entire family and engaging dads. Being that in February we celebrate Black History month, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss our history of babywearing; a practice as old as time making a comeback over the last 20 years. We were also treated with a showing of Kirk Franklin’s powerful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Truly a must-see featured here link below.


Followed by a question, what is our personal significance to this song? These are without a doubt challenging times and staying lifted in itself is a great challenge now. Our participants were welcomed and encouraged to share by either speaking up or type away in the chatbox. This opened the doors to conversations we could all learn from. A truly safe space was created and families were at ease to speak their minds and listen with open hearts.


*Disclaimer: CinnaMoms is talking about dads