New Breastfeeding Welcome venue at Middlesbrough Baby Café
Created by Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme admin
THE North-East’s first Baby Café has been launched in Middlesbrough to provide breastfeeding mums and their families with support. The new Baby Café is the 94th venue in the city to join the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.
The café has opened in the Live Well Centre at Dundas House and will provide weekly drop-in sessions for local mums and those wanting more information about breastfeeding. The sessions also welcome pregnant women who would like to find out more about feeding their baby before they arrive.
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Baby Café co-ordinator Trina Warman said: “The first few weeks can be tough for new mums and one of the things they may need support with is breastfeeding.
“It’s really important that there is somewhere supportive and friendly for women in this area to go to discuss issues with feeding.
“Women can find out about breastfeeding at Baby Cafés and decide if it’s for them and get information on mixed feeding and expressing.”
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Breastfeeding plays a hugely important role in a child’s early development, so it’s essential that we do everything we can to increase its uptake and continuance.
“The Baby Café is a great addition to our local public health provision and I know mums will welcome the ability to access support and share experiences in a relaxed environment.”
An NCT breastfeeding counsellor and volunteers will be on hand at the Baby Cafés to give information and encouragement and the sessions also provide an opportunity for local mothers to socialise.
Middlesbrough is part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme and any local venues wishing to become Breastfeeding Welcome can sign up here
Baby Café is a network of over 50 breastfeeding drop-in support groups across the UK. All Baby Cafes are part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.