Breastfeeding mums are being given extra support in the community with the launch of the first NHS-funded Baby Café in Croydon. The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Avril Slipper, opened the Byron Baby Café last at Byron Children’s Centre in Coulsdon.
The launch was the culmination of a week of events run by NHS Croydon’s community breastfeeding programme team during National Breastfeeding Week, 21-27 June 2010. The team works in partnership with maternity services at Mayday University Hospital, Croydon Council and local voluntary agencies to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, and to support new and expecting mothers to breastfeed their babies.
Breastfeeding can play a major role in improving the life chances of children and young people, with known health benefits for mothers and babies.
Opening the Baby Café, the Mayor Councillor Avril Slipper said, “I am delighted to open this new Baby Café today, which I am sure will be a great success, and will help mothers in Croydon give their babies the best start in life.”
Sharon Jones, director of operations for Croydon Community Health Services, added, “I would encourage new and expecting mothers to come along to the Baby Cafe, to share experiences and get expert advice, which will help give them the confidence to breastfeed.”
The Byron Baby Café will run every Friday from 12.30-2.30 pm at the Bryon Children’s Centre, Byron Junior School, Coulsdon. Mothers and babies can turn up without appointments and bring other children, partners and supporters.
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