National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008 20:41

During National Breastfeeding Awareness Week the Earlswood and Horley Baby Cafés welcomed many breastfeeding mothers and their supporters to join in the celebrations at the cafés.

At the Horley Baby Café several of the Mum2Mum Breastfeeding supporters were presented with The Surrey County Council Awards for volunteering by Sue Jones, Head teacher at Meath Green Infant School.


One new mum, Katherine, said "I love coming to the Baby Café as it's a great place to have a coffee and chat with the other mums, while knowing that I can get support with breastfeeding if I need it."


In a week when it emerged that one in four top restaurants would ask a mother to leave if she started breastfeeding, Baby Café mums set off around Great Yarmouth, campaigning for cafes, restaurants and relevant shops to display stickers letting mums know they are welcome to breastfeed. Balloons were handed out to children along the way.

They particularly asked that mums be welcomed to sit in the main eating areas not tucked away in a room or perched on the edge of a toilet seat! The response was phenomenally positive with more than 25 premises in the town displaying the specially made cartoon stickers and being entered on a list which will be made available to mums on discharge from hospital. The Great Yarmouth Mercury ran an article as did Radio Broadland and Beach Radio.