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May's Kid-friendly Calendar
May, 2008 - Issue #43
May's Kid-friendly Calendar

Thursday, May 1 to Sunday, May 4 COC Performing Arts Theatre Presents "The Hobbit" Join Bilbo Baggins and his adventurous escort of dwarfs as they go on a perilous quest over mountain and under hill, through caves and forest and slimy dark places, seeking the treasure hoarded by the fearsome dragon Smaug. $10 adults, $5 children;

Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4 Castaic Days - A Celebration of Family Fun Castaic Lake hosts this outdoor festival featuring fine foods, arts and crafts, local businesses, kid-friendly activities surrounding the lower lake and live entertainment. Event is free; parking is $5;

Sunday, May 4 Henry Mayo Hosts Healthy Baby ExpoFrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HMNMH's Pavilion parking lot, enjoy free health fair to gather information about healthy pregnancy and baby topics. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour Henry Mayo's maternity unit; 253-8060

Saturday, May 10 Valencia Library Presents "READ to a Dog" On the second Saturday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., children will be given 15 minutes to read with and meet a Paws 4 Healing dog (ages K-8); 259-8942

Sunday, May 18 Santa Clarita Youth Project Hosts Bowling for Youts' A day of fun for the whole family, benefiting SCVYP, a nonprofit that provides free support groups, mentoring, outreach and more to teens in junior high and high school; 257-9688

Beginning Friday, May 23 Canyon Theatre Guild Presents "My Fair Lady" Eliza Doolittle dreams of becoming a "lady" and Professor Henry Higgins is only too ready to take on the challenge; 799-2702

Monday, May 26 2008 Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans Beginning at 10 a.m., over a thousand SCV residents, many dressed in red, white and blue, will gather beneath the towering oaks and on the surrounding grassy hills of Eternal Valley Memorial Cemetery for Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the program and all in attendance will be invited to proceed to the top of the hill to the Veterans Memorial Wall for the public reading of the more than 820 names inscribed there; 294-7985

Happy, Healthy Kids
Q: "I'm interested in breast feeding, but I'm worried about how I'll continue once I'm back to work three months after my daughter is born. Is even a little breast feeding valuable, and do women really have success with pumping?"

A: Congratulations on your new baby and on your plans to nurse her! You must know that breast milk is the perfect blend of nutrients and nature's beautiful way to enhance your bonding together. It truly is magical to watch a baby grow and develop and know that you're giving her all the nutritional and emotional support without the use of other products.
"Now more than ever, being part of the WORKFORCE is compatible with nursing."

You can certainly go back to work while nursing your baby and your pediatrician can and should be supportive of that choice. Now more than ever, being part of the workforce is compatible with nursing. There's even state-wide legislation that protects your right to pump breast milk at work, and employers must provide some accommodation to reduce the chance that you'll get stuck pumping your breasts in a dirty bathroom, for example.

We like to remind families that you only need to stock enough milk for one day as long as you replenish each day (so many mothers feel like they need a freezer full of the stuff or they don't have enough). We also like to remind you that giving breast milk even only once per day is better than not at all.

For some mothers, it makes their limited amount of time with Baby that much more special and meaningful.
Many mothers struggle at first to get their baby to latch onto the breast directly, but they still want Baby to receive breast milk. While your pediatrician's office or lactation expert work to help you succeed, you might try pumping your breasts either to help supplement what baby gets, or so you can store her milk for a later time. In some situations, this can enable mothers to get back to work or allows Dad to be more involved. As long as it's stored and prepared correctly, pumping certainly allows Baby to receive nature's incomparable and perfect nutritional blend.

Drs. Paul and Daphne Horowitz have opened Discovery Pediatrics, Inc, a unique pediatrics practice in Valencia; 259-8999.
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