New mums and mums-to-be have celebrated the opening of Britain’s newest Baby Café this week – in Chorley.
Baby Café, established in 2000, is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in an informal environment where mums can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other.
The Baby Café opened today, and will be open every Wednesday, from 11.30am to 1.30pm at Café Connect, Living Waters Church, 33-45 Bolton Street, Chorley.
It has been funded by a Lottery Awards for All grant and is run by NCT-trained breastfeeding counsellors, supported by the volunteers from the Chorley and Leyland NCT and staff from the outreach and infant feeding team at Duke Street Children’s Centre.
Kirsty Gwyn-Thomas, who now lives in Chorley, has used Baby Café before.
She said: “When I had my little girl in Oxford, it was only thanks to help from our local Baby Café that I was able to get going with breast feeding.
“We went on to have a fantastic 22 months of breast feeding.
“I’m thrilled to see this is happening in Chorley.”
Baby Café has more than 100 drop-ins in the UK, supporting up to 10,000 mums a year. They are open to all those interested in any aspect of breastfeeding – mothers, partners, supporters – and take place once a week in children’s centres or community venues.
Baby Café became a charitable trust in 2005 and then in 2010 Baby Café merged with NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, to help more mums who want to breastfeed.
To find out about other UK Baby Cafés, visit www.thebabycafe.org.