Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe

Kelowna Breastfeeding CafeEmail: breastfeedingiscool@gmail.com
Web: www.kelownabreastfeedingcafe.com

Tell us about yourself and family

Lisa and Chantal met through a mutual passion for breastfeeding. They are both mothers and together have more than ten years of breastfeeding experience. Concerned with low breastfeeding duration rates in Kelowna, they joined forces to create positive change in the community.

Lisa is the mother of three children. In her former life, she completed a degree in Psychology, worked with children with autism and taught dance. These days, Lisa spends lots of time driving her oldest daughter to dance, playing with her son, and breastfeeding her active toddler (think breastfeeding cirque du soleil style!).

Lisa has overcome some breastfeeding hurdles and has learned to appreciate the complex relationship that is breastfeeding. She has breastfed through pregnancy and enjoyed tandem nursing her toddler and baby. She brings a wide array of experience and knowledge to share with mothers at Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe.

She is an enthusiastic birth doula (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Ford-Doula/297616566934222) and is happy to advocate for improved breastfeeding support in Kelowna.

Lisa has completed The Douglas College Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers and is pleased to use this knowledge as a Doula and Breastfeeding Counsellor.

Chantal is the mother of two children. In her former life, she studied business in Ottawa at La cite collegiale. Following her studies, she discovered the travel bug and did not relent until she explored every continent, except Africa; that’s still on the list!

In her experience as a mother, Chantal struggled through the early weeks of breastfeeding. However, with the support of midwives, La Leche League and other wise women, she overcame those difficulties and carried on to breastfeed her children into toddlerhood.

She is happy to share her experience and support mothers in our community at Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe.

Chantal has also completed The Douglas College Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers and is happy to serve the community as a Breastfeeding Counselor.

Describe your business/product or service

Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe strives to be a relaxed, non-judgmental and informative place to find breastfeeding support.

Whether you are an expectant mom, brand new mom, or a more seasoned mom, we welcome you!

Enjoy a tea/coffee and come out to create relationships with other moms in your community. Join us to discuss challenges or concerns, share triumphs, and swap “secrets” you have discovered on your breastfeeding journey.
We look forward to meeting all you fabulous moms, babies, and mamas to be!

Our goals are to:
1. Show that breastfeeding is normal
2. Inspire thought and conversation about breastfeeding
3. Encourage relationships among breastfeeding mothers
4. Support the Baby Friendly Initiative in Kelowna
5. Provide the community with local and online resources

How long have you been in business?

Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe started just over two years ago when Chantal and Lisa met and organized a community forum, inviting concerned parents and breastfeeding advocates to provide input regarding local breastfeeding support. Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe grew from the need for greater community support and advocacy. The first cafe was in the spring of 2012 and has grown from there.

Why did you start the business?

The breastfeeding cafe exists to provide ongoing community support to breastfeeding mothers. One reason women do not meet their breastfeeding goals is lack of support and misinformation. Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe hopes to fill this void in the community and connect mothers with other appropriate services when needed.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter (kelownabfcafe) and become part of our online community.

Tell us why all parents need to visit your store or purchase your product/service

Stop by and get to know us. We volunteer our time and you will find our passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers contagious. We offer online, phone, and at home support. We will have information on our FREE cafes. If you are expecting or have a brand new baby, join us at the fair for a short presentation on “Top Ten Breastfeeding Tips for new Moms.”

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