Testimonial :: How BabyCafe Changed My Life
Disclosure: This post was written by Jade, a representative of Touro’s Baby Cafe and sponsored by Touro / LCMC Health.
Being a mom of two is hard, especially without resources. I’m so thankful to have found Touro‘s Baby Cafe for breastfeeding support, expertise and fellowship. The program has changed my life in so many ways.
Finding My Place
I am one of the first people in my family to breastfeed, and to do so unapologetically. My two year old and I are still going strong. When I found Baby Cafe, my son was still 1, and I honestly didn’t know how much I needed the support until I received it. It was like a breath of fresh air. I found both Fit4Mom and BabyCafe at the same time, and it was like I had finally found my place in both. The community that’s given just from walking through the doors is unlike anything else.
Becoming a CLC
I began volunteering at Baby Cafe because I enjoyed being there so much. From there, I was given a scholarship to become a Certified Lactation Counselor. This was such a huge gift to me, as I have an extreme passion for all things lactation, and I made sure to ace my course as my thank you. I now work for Baby Cafe as a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor), and I have no plans on stopping there. It’s an honor to be there every week.
I have a 10 year old daughter as well, and she has also found friends from being at Baby Cafe. She told me today that maybe she could work at Baby Cafe when she gets older. She’s also spoken about how she’ll breastfeed her kids when she gets older (way, way down the line). It makes me extremely proud to be able to be a positive role model for her in these ways. I learn so much from working with these moms. I love to see moms who meet at Baby Cafe, and become friends outside of that environment.
I love helping moms feed their babies, the food source that’s created specifically for that baby. I go to work, and I feel so fulfilled when I’m done. I feel that I’m actually making a difference in the world.
Message of Thanks
I am thankful for my friend who told me about Baby Cafe, and I’m thankful for everyone at BabyCafe who took me in with open arms. Krystle, Portia, MeShawn, and Victoria, thank you from the bottom of my heart.