What is Baby Café?

 

The Baby Café is a network of breastfeeding drop-in support groups. They aim to offer help and support to breastfeeding mothers at any stage in their breastfeeding journey, regardless of the age of the baby or child, no matter how much breastmilk you are giving. Pregnant women are welcome too, just to come along and find out about breastfeeding. You don't need to have a problem to attend - lots of mums come because they enjoy being in a group with other breastfeeding women chatting about their experiences. There are Baby Cafés across the UK and other parts of the world.

 

No appointment needed

All pregnant or breastfeeding mums are welcome to drop in at any time during opening hours. You can bring your partner too. Baby Café drop-in centres are generally open once a week and set out with coffee tables, comfy sofas and play areas for accompanying toddlers. Locations vary from church halls and community room to children's centres.

 

Run by trained staff

Baby Café drop-ins are run by a range of staff including health professionals such as midwives, health visitors, or lactation consultants; practitioners such as nursery nurses or breastfeeding counsellors from the voluntary breastfeeding organisations. All will have specific training and experience in helping breastfeeding families.

 

Help with every aspect of breastfeeding

Help is available on all aspects of breastfeeding and its impact on daily life – from starting to stopping and all the variations in between.

In a relaxed, informal atmosphere you can:

  • Meet other mums and share experiences in a group of other breastfeeding women.
  • Access one-to-one help, should you need it, from one of our specially trained staff.
  • Look at a range of breastfeeding information, including books and leaflets.
  • Be offered refreshments.

If you have not fed your baby whilst being out and about before, Baby Café is the perfect environment to bridge the gap from being at home to feeding elsewhere.

 

The Baby Café guarantee

Our name and trade mark is The Baby Café. All genuine Baby Café drop-in centres which are registered with us are listed on this website and will display their Licence Certificate during the Baby Café session. You can expect all these to be run to the same high standards.

 

What you can expect—our Mothers' Charter

What mums say about Baby Café

Radio feature

More about The Baby Café network

 

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