Lakeview Health System

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Baby Café celebrates its Grand Opening at Lakeview Hospital

“Everybody always thinks breastfeeding should be this easy, natural thing. But it’s not always. There are often little hiccups – or speed bumps – along the way.”

Those are the words of registered nurse Nan Schwietz, one of Lakeview Hospital’s international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) and one of the leaders of the hospital’s new Baby Café.

Baby Café is a national network of groups that provide social support and professional advice for breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding is recognized as the best source of nutrition for infants. But nursing an infant is a learned skill for both mom and baby, and often requires time and patience.

Lakeview Hospital Baby Café is a free, drop-in group for breastfeeding mothers and babies. It opened this winter, and will hold a Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 12.

“Whenever something new comes up – and something comes up every week – they will help guide you and answer questions,” said Lindsay Quinlivan, who has attended Lakeview’s Baby Café with three-month-old daughter Avery since she was two weeks old. “When you’re at home on your maternity leave, you can get a little isolated, because you don’t necessarily feel comfortable taking your baby out everywhere, so it was nice to get out and meet the other moms and find out they’re having some of the same struggles you are.”

Third-time mom Jennifer Dahl did not expect to find herself needing assistance after successfully nursing two older children. But son Levi presented a few nursing challenges.

“I expected things to be easy and he threw a curve ball,” said Jennifer. “He wasn’t gaining weight and was having some tongue tie issues. We’ve got some good advice on what to work with and how to keep him gaining weight. It’s been awesome.”

Baby Café meets every Thursday at Lakeview Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call 651-430-4510.

Grand Opening
Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Hardenbergh Conference Room, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater
Details: Grand Opening celebration with refreshments, chance to visit with Baby Café international board certified lactation consultants and other moms. No registration is required.

Lakeview Baby Cafe attendees Jennifer Dahl and baby Levi, Lindsay Quinlivan and baby Avery, with Nan Schwietz, one of Lakeview Hospital’s international board certified lactation consultants.