We caught up with Cathy Harvey from Colburn Baby Café Local in Catterick, North Yorkshire to see how they celebrated National Breastfeeding Week locally. The local celebration dates coincided with their first birthday and it was an excellent excuse to celebrate their achievements to date.
They had a party attended by mothers who had used the service over the past year. Around 16 mothers come along with their babies plus a health visitor, a project co-ordinator from the NCT and Helen Hunter, Breastfeeding Support Services Manager, from the NCT. The press came along, took some pictures and featured Colburn Baby Café Local in the Darlington and Stockton times for Richmond North Yorkshire: a great way to raise the local profile of the group.
Cathy captured some lovely images to add to their ‘scrap book’ – that will continue documenting the key milestones for them. A highlight of the event was presenting Thea, one of their volunteer peer supporters, with a peer supporter Baby Café Local badge plus a certificate downloaded from the resources area
The mums bought along cakes to share and everyone had great fun.
Since this Baby Café Local opened they have managed to raise the profile of breastfeeding in the local area. They’ve also given mums the confidence to keep going, breastfeed when out and about, and talk about breastfeeding to their friends and families. Cathy has successfully built links with community midwives, health visitors and army welfare to develop partnerships.
“I think our biggest achievement is being able to offer support to mums from peer supporters. We find that the informal approach to Baby Café with hot drinks and cakes works well for us. It’s an opportunity for women to get to know other breastfeeding mums in a non-judgemental environment with specialist help when needed.”
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