Lactation Matters

Access to breastfeeding care and education for families in Kern County

aka Baby Café Bakersfield and Central Valley Lactation Association   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  http://www.babycafebakersfield.org

Mission

Baby Cafe Bakersfield provides access to breastfeeding care and education for families in Kern County. From clinical lactation care to peer breastfeeding support, families can rely on Baby Cafe Bakersfield for high-quality assistance and support in a welcoming environment.

Ruling year info

2019

Board President

Adrienne Guirguis

Main address

7201 Noah Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93308 USA

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EIN

84-1894306

NTEE code info

Women's Centers (P83)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lactation Matters brings together local individuals who provide lactation care to families and manages Baby Cafe Bakersfield. New parents in our community need convenient and affordable access to clinical lactation care and peer lactation support. After families are discharged from the hospital after the birth of a baby, it is difficult to access qualified lactation care. There are fewer than 5 board-certified lactation consultants in the local area who are able to provide this level of care, and the fees can be out of reach for many families in our community. Although a majority of local families are eligible to receive lactation support from WIC, some choose not to utilize WIC and they are left without lactation care. No local pediatricians offer this service. Our county has higher preterm birth and low birthweight rates than most others in California, leaving the families of preterm and low birthweight infants in desperate need of highly-trained post-hospital lactation care.

Our programs

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Baby Café Bakersfield

Baby Café Bakersfield provides no-cost lactation support to families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Through our drop-in service, families are able to access highly-trained, board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) and lactation counselors 3 times per week at a comfortable and welcoming location. Our setting facilitates attendance by new families as early as the day of discharge from the hospital, continuity of care and consistency of messaging in lactation support and education, and an extensive staff of excellent lactation care providers. We work to be the primary resource for families in the community who require clinical lactation care and who desire peer lactation support. We strive to do this work using the least amount of financial resources, to maintain a physical location which accommodates the specific needs of new and young families and postpartum parents, and to ensure that our staff maintain the highest level of training in the field. We work to collaborate with local Labor & Delivery and Postpartum units in the hospitals to ensure parents and their infants are supported from the very beginning. We aim to create additional partnerships throughout the community to build an environment of lactation care and support which starts in the pre-conception period and continues throughout pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond infancy.

- We partner with California Advanced Lactation Institute (CALI) to train staff and facilitate interns to obtain clinical mentorships. CALI is responsible for keeping staff updated and consistently trained through continuing education opportunities.
- We partner with local retail organization The Nest and Company to create and offer prenatal education for expecting families. This encompasses both childbirth preparation and prenatal breastfeeding education with messaging consistent with Baby Cafe Bakersfield and Lactation Matters.
- We nurture our staff to ensure they are providing the highest level of service to local families in a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere. Attention to the emotional health and mental well-being of our staff allows them to feel cared for and, in turn, to care for the families who seek out our services.
- We collaborate with WarmLine, a local organization which preserves the dignity of parents and their children by providing information and support that allows parents to thrive while learning the skills required for early parenting through infancy and toddlerhood.
- Through Central Valley Lactation Association, we maintain and nurture the local network of individuals who are providing lactation care in multiple settings, allowing for optimal communication and collaboration. Local learning and social activities bring the community together for the purpose of improving the environment of lactation care.

We are fortunate to have a staff of diversely trained and experienced persons who are committed to providing quality lactation care to local families. Our alliance of partnerships offers us a strong and broad foundation of capacities. This is especially important in terms of securing and maintaining an appropriate physical location to provide services through Baby Cafe Bakersfield. Our Board of Directors is highly skilled in problem-solving and resource utilization through their backgrounds in the medical and business fields.

Over nearly 6 years of providing lactation care at Baby Cafe Bakersfield, we have had the privilege of serving thousands of local families. We have collaborated with our local public county hospital, Kern Medical, to share staff among both organizations. We have trained individuals to provide lactation care and they have since grown into working in other health care settings both in and outside of our community. We have connected the lactation care community through one central organization whose sole purpose is to strengthen that network. We have successfully raised funds to support our work through local events, and we have operated entirely within our means, incurring no debts or liabilities during that time.

Financials

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Lactation Matters

Board of directors
as of 07/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Adrienne Guirguis

Lactation Matters/Baby Cafe/CVLA

Term: 2019 - 2023

Mary Stanley

Diana McKenna

Karen Andresen

Leslie Bloomquist

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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