Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In memory of Betty Wagner Spandikow

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Betty Wagner Spandikow, co-Founder of La Leche League International, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Sunday, October 26.
In 1956, Betty Wagner and six other women met in Franklin Park, Illinois to share information on how to successfully breastfeed their babies. The group quickly attracted the attention of other women and became an organization called "La Leche League." Betty was expecting their fifth child, and when asked to be a part of the group that was being organized to help breastfeeding mothers, she was eager to join. The breastfeeding support group had been fascinated by the importance placed on breastfeeding by early Spanish settlers in America who, in 1598 dedicated a shrine to "Nuestra Senora de la Leche y Buen Parto" ("Our Lady of Happy Delivery and Plentiful Milk." They captured the Spanish word for milk, "leche," and from these roots grew La Leche League International, a breastfeeding support not-for-profit organization. LLLI has groups in every U.S. state and in 64 different countries. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding has been translated into eight languages and Braille.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Halloween Party OCTOBER 31st 2008 2.30pm.

Doors open 2.30, but you can drop in anytime up until 4pm. Party ends at 4.30


Every year Blue Sky's Halloween party is great fun!! We often have more than 100 kids and their mums! This year we will have Halloween songs and games followed by Mikey the clown's magic show (Michael sensei), Stacy's face-painting and trick or treat candies.
See the photos from previous years here. Be sure to scroll down!

Place: Tsurumaki Shukaijo Community room (5 minutes walk from Blue Sky)
場所:弦巻区民集会所 (弦巻5-1-18)

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Advance Ticket sales: 1500yen per mother/child. 500 yen per additional child.
Tickets at the door: 1800yen 800 yen per additional child
Contact Iona for advance tickets here

参加費:親子1組1500円 (前売りのみ) お子様1人追加につきplus 500円

Children under 8 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.

a. 英語のハロウィーンの歌、手遊びとゲーム Halloween songs and Games
b. Trick or Treatトリックオアトリートお菓子
c. Mikey the clown's MAGIC SHOW! マイケル先生のマジックショー
d. Stacy's facepainting ステイシー先生のフェイスペインチング
Come along in your Halloween costumes and join the fun!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

LLL and Angelina!

La Leche League gets some good publicity thanks to Angelina Jolie and this picture of her breastfeeding one of her twins on the front of W magazine. (Click on her name for the video).

Are celebrity breastfeeding mothers any more worthy of note than the mothers who do this every day? Of course not. But the more that breastfeeding is portrayed as normal, the happier I am.

Friday, October 03, 2008

One vote and $80,000 could go to La Leche League!

Quick! Go to the link below before October 15th, scroll down and vote for La Leche League. Every vote guarantees $2 to LLL, and there is $80,000 to be given away!

Click this link.

It only takes a few seconds, and helps such a worthy cause!