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12A Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plu A bicounty coalition is working to make breastfeeding the "norm" in Plumas and Lassen counties. Chester was the hosting location of the Mountain Interagency Lactation Coalition meeting held Jan. 23. MILC has been in existence since 1997. Its mission is to promote, support and advocate for breastfeeding in Plumasand Lassen counties. "We do this through community collaboration, education and outreach, Our vision is that breastfeeding will be considered the 'norm' in Plumas and Lassen counties for at least the first year of life and preferably longer," said Katy Dyrr, registered dietician and certified lactation educator for Plumas Rural Services' Women, Infants and Children program. She said the two counties are members of the coalitlon because both counties serve the same clients: many Plumas women deliver their children in Lassen County. "We all recognize there are many misconceptions and outdated information being given to women regarding breastfeeding -- we feel that the more each of us educators are on the same page, offering the same consistent message, the more successful the breastfeeding experience will be for mother and baby," added. MILC's current focus i's on the California Lactation Accommodation Law, which became effective Jan. 1, 2002. "The minimum requirements of the law are that employers provide break time for employees to express breast milk and to provide the employee with the use of a room to express breast milk. "Noncompliant employers can be subject to a civil penalty of $100 for each violation. It is the intent of the MILC members to bring this awareness to our communities and to provide interested persons the information on the law and how to best implement this law," Dyrr said. She also said, "It is a scientific fact that breast milk is the healthiest choice for infant feeding. Because a mother has to return to work within the first year of her child's life should not compromise that child's health." Dyrr said the most common challenge coalition members work with is new moms lacking the confidence that they can breastfeed their babies. "Many new moms just need education, support and reassurance that they can do it," she said. MILC is also planning to distribute an American Academy of Pediatrics publication detailing frequently asked questions about breastfeeding. "This is a quick and easy in reference that can be used to educate, assist and support a mother's decision on how to make the best infant feeding choice," Dyrr said. MILC will meet again April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in the headquarters building of Almanor Recreation and Park District, 102 Meadowbrook Way. For more information about MILC or Women, Infants and Children services, contact Dyrr at Plumas Rural Services at 283-4093. Coalition members Personnel from five different agencies attended the January meeting. From the Plumas County Public Health Agency were nurses Laura Heiss, Jana McDowell and Terri Smith, also a lactation consultant. Dyrr and Carmen Lopez, a nutrition and lactation educator, represented Plumas Rural Services' Women, Infants and Children program. Linda Margarectic and Leslie Goni attended from Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities. The Lassen County WIC program was represented by Theresa Woodbury, a nutr.ition counselor and certified lactation consultant. Nurse Katie Jamieson, who is also a certified lactation consultant and the manager for Banner Lassen Medical Center's Women and Infants Service Division, was also present. Feather River Bulletin >. 5 Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds CEO John Steffanic addresses a room of people at the fairgrounds Jan. 28 on how to successfully hold an event. Steffanic pointed out that before an event is planned, several questions regarding the purpose of the event should be asked: Photo by James Wilson Event planning boot camp heldi James Wilson camp with. "Planning is to an event and tackling them: Staff Writer critical to any success. It's the one at a time. These aspects , same with events." include promotion, food, Steffanic first talked to vendors and operations. , John Steffanic, CEO of the attendees about the concept The fmal step to an event is: Plumas-Sierra County stage of events. This stage is the event itself. Steffanic : Fairgrounds, added one more where the theme, location and pointed out that it doesn't do " title to his resume last week date of the event are allany good to act stressed. A -- drill instructor, chosen, calm demeanor, helps create a: Steffanic held a boot camp In the concept stage, smoother atmosphere, that delved into the ins and Steffanic pointed out, it's Steffanic said. outs of event planning with important to clarify what one Finally, event coordinators: more than 50 people in hopes to gain from the event, need to measure the success attendance. Once that is set in stone, all of the event, said Steffanic. Steffanic has more than 40 the other decisions will There are many ways to years experience planning revolve around that concept, measure success, but one various events, including Next Steffanic discussed the quick way to do it is to ask, festivals, concerts, dinners, actual planning stage. Details "Was it worth it?" carnivals and parties, were the key to successfully If the answer is yes, the "I'm not here to tell you planning an event, Steffanic event was probably a what to do. I'm here to tell stressed, success. 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