Breastfeeding Support Cafe- Hethersett

‘Thank you for all the support you provided. You were extremely helpful & provided such useful information, which meant that I managed to get him back to breast. He is now solely breasted. I am so grateful to you & the others at the Breastfeeding Support Cafe & wanted to tell you how much I appreciated all your care & support.’

Together with Rowan House Health & Wellbeing Centre in Hethersett, we bring you a Breastfeeding Support Café.

The Cafe runs from 10am – 12noon on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

The Café provides an opportunity to discuss concerns and access support, but also to relax, breastfeed in comfort and make new friends. It is the ideal environment for those first public breastfeeds and to meet other breastfeeding families. Research has shown us that mother to mother peer support is crucial for breastfeeding. Us mums need each other!

It is also ideal for pregnant mothers to attend to gain breastfeeding information and to begin creating their support network in readiness for post birth.

There is no charge for the Café or the support offered during this time. Donations are welcome, which will all go towards refreshments for the Café provided by Rowan House. Self service teas, coffees and cold drinks will be available, along with some tasty treats.

The No Milk Like Mama’s team will be on hand to answer questions and offer support as much as we are able within this setting.

Please note that this is a Peer Support setting. If further in-depth support is required (eg. tongue tie/RLF referral), then a private consultation will be more appropriate than the Café setting to complete this. We are unable to offer free RLF referrals from the Café, as this involves considerable administrative work in addition to assessment.

A couple of doors up from Rowan House is the Social Club with lots of parking and Rowan House have permission to use this space. If you find the Rowan House carpark full, please don’t turn back, but use the Social Club carpark.

A little video of the where the Cafe is and what to expect can be found here.

We look forward to meeting you!

To breastfeed you only need your breasts and your baby, but some ‘stuff’ can help! If you have any nursing bras, tops, breastfeeding friendly clothes or equipment you would like to donate, please get in touch! Any donations will be available to mothers who attend the Breastfeeding Support Café

Peer Support is available at the Breastfeeding Support Café. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge and experience, both professionally and personally. This includes IBCLC Support, Breastfeeding Counsellors, Midwifery care, Neonatal Nursing, Doula support and Nutritionist experience. Together we have over 25 years of personal breastfeeding experience.

The Café provides an opportunity to discuss concerns and access support, but also to relax, breastfeed in comfort and make new friends. It is the ideal environment for those first public breastfeeds and to meet other breastfeeding families. Research has shown us that mother to mother peer support is crucial for breastfeeding. Us mums need each other!

It is also ideal for pregnant mothers to attend to gain breastfeeding information and to begin creating their support network in readiness for post birth.

There is no charge for the Café or the support offered during this time. Donations are welcome, which will all go towards refreshments for the Café provided. Self service teas, coffees and cold drinks will be available, along with some tasty treats.

The No Milk Like Mama’s team will be on hand to answer questions and offer support as much as we are able within this setting

Please note that this is a Peer Support setting. If further in-depth support is required (eg. tongue tie/RLF referral), then a private consultation will be more appropriate than the Café setting to complete this. We are unable to offer free RLF referrals from the Café, as this involves considerable administrative work in addition to assessment

Good quality support is our passion and volunteer does not mean amateur. As Peer Supporters we have face to face breastfeeding training and ongoing supervision and learning. Together we will support one another to increase our skill set and learn from each other. 

No Milk Like Mama’s Peer Supporters

Jenny Clark | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi my name is Jenny. I qualified as a midwife in 2014 and I am very passionate about my job caring for women and their families. I trained in London working at a very busy maternity hospital giving many women breastfeeding support where the unit achieved level 3 UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative training (full accreditation). This gave me knowledge in how to help women establish feeding their baby but also ways to cope with the challenges that come along with breastfeeding. I have experience in breastfeeding antenatal classes as well as running breastfeeding cafes and one to one support.

Two years ago I moved back to my home county of Norfolk and have been a community midwife for the James Paget University Hospital since.

My own breastfeeding journey started in 2018 and has really shown me how important it is for women to have the right support. We breastfed through a time on Neonatal unit, undiagnosed tongue tie at 8 weeks, and mastitis. Without the right support this would have been more difficult!

I have had full UNICEF training, 7 years in maternity (3 years training, 4 years qualified) and experience with both the loveliness and challenges of breastfeeding my little girl. I really hope to help other mums and support them to feed their babies. I am excited about offering support alongside Sian and her team of other peer supporters and look forward to meeting you at on of her breastfeeding cafes!

Lorna Hemmant | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi I’m Lorna! Mum to two scrummy boys, Thomas & Alfie (6 & 4), feeding them both for 18 months each. I very much enjoyed my positive experiences of breast feeding, especially all those precious cuddles.

Before children I worked as a community nutritionist for 6 years based in Great Yarmouth and Waveney after completing a MMedSci in Human nutrition from Sheffield University in 2006. I loved my role in this team, with a passion of working in early years. Much of my time was spent supporting the breast feeding team at breast feeding cafes and leading weaning talks to new mums within children centre settings. I also trained health professionals on the HENRY training and led family groups delivering their healthy lifestyle prospectus.

After a short spell in research into the link of type two diabetes and lifestyle at UEA/NNUH, I have returned back to community work. This time as a member of bank staff as part of Suffolk county council OneLife Suffolk team. Here I spend the majority of my time within schools promoting a healthy lifestyle through school groups, assemblies and family groups.

I very much have a passion for promoting healthy living within early years. I completed my mother to mother breastfeeding peer support training in 2019 and am very excited to be joining the peer support team!

Lucy Lowe | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi I’m Lucy! Since becoming a parent almost 10 years ago I have been passionate about breastfeeding issues. After the birth of my second son I worked for four years as a volunteer peer supporter at nnuh, working in antenatal, postnatal, neonatal intensive care and the Restrictive Lingual Frenulum clinic. For the last 18 months I have been employed as a maternity support worker, working within the postnatal ward and the infant feeding team at NNUH. I have completed my Mother Supporter qualification with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter course through the National Childbirth Trust. Other training includes the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative course and refresher course, the NNUH RLF study day and NNUH INfant Feeding Keyworker training. I fed my boys for 8months and 4 years (to the day!) respectively! I had a challenging time with my first son due to an undiagnosed RLF and postnatal depression. I feel extremely passionately about supporting mothers to achieve their feeding goals in an empathic way, helping them to feel encouraged and empowered. I have a degree in Applied Psychology and subsequently worked for 12 years in mental health and substance misuse. I feel privileged to join Sian and the team as a volunteer peer supporter and look forward to meeting and helping lots of families.

Marion Alqurashi | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi I am Marion, I am a mother of two a Mother Supporter with the ABM and a Trainee Breastfeeding Counsellor. 

I found my passion for breastfeeding and supporting women achieving their goal (whatever they may be) through breastfeeding my daughter.  Although I absolutely knew I wanted to breastfeed, I came from a country where breastfeeding is the norm (the Ivory Coast), nothing was going to stop me.

The lack of good qualified support I received made my first breastfeeding experience a lonely and painful one. With my second I knew where and how to access good quality evidence based support. I had educated myself on normal newborn behaviour, and this is what I wish for every family; a knowledgeable village to support and empower them in parenthood.

Siobhan Ridley | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi I’m Siobhán and I am a passionate supporter of women, parents and tiny humans. I am kept on my toes by two gorgeous boys whom I home educate and I am currently growing another baby due in the Spring. I have been a birth worker for a while now, teaching hypnobirthing and birth preparation courses, supporting families as a birth doula and providing postnatal care with a variety of services. I am the Regional Representative for Doula UK and I run the Home Birth Norfolk support group which I set up in 2018. I will begin my mother to mother breastfeeding peer support training in 2019. Through my business and volunteer work I provide women and their families with compassionate, impartial and nurturing support as they travel through their own unique journeys. I am honoured and excited to join the Breastfeeding Support Cafe team as a volunteer peer supporter and I look forward to meeting the mothers and their babies.

Suzy Goodfellow | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi, my name is Suzy. I qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse in 2012 (DipHE) and completed a years post registration education to qualify in speciality as a Neonatal Nurse in 2015. I have a wealth of experience of supporting new Mother’s from my previous role shift leading on the Special Care Baby Unit at JPUH in Gorleston however following my maternity leave and my return to work part time in 2018 I moved trusts to gain further intensive care experience and now work on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NNUH.

I adore my clinical work and feel very passionate about supporting new Mother’s and families beginning their breastfeeding journeys with evidenced based information, guidance and ongoing support. I work as a part of the breastfeeding team on the NICU, as we work towards becoming UNICEF baby friendly stage 3 accredited.

In time I hope to work towards completing my IBCLC qualification. At present I have completed the UNICEF 2 day breastfeeding and relationship training, the NNUH RLF study day and I have just competed my Association of Breastfeeding Mother’s, Mother Supporter module to enable me to work in a voluntary role as a peer supporter on the post-natal ward at NNUH (Blakeney) & as a peer supporter with Sian at No Milk Like Mamas.

When not working (or studying!!) I am Mama to our little girl who will be two in August 2019. We continue to breastfeed day (& night!!) Breastfeeding has not always been easy, despite my knowledge base before having my daughter, my confidence was low when faced with my own small baby, nipple trauma, a severe RLF & faltering weight. Having sought support (& meeting Sian!) I quickly recognised how much breastfeeding meant to me and I hope to be able empower and support Mum’s throughout all the highs and lows of their own breastfeeding journeys to achieve their own goals and overcome any challenges that may arise.

Vicky Battle | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hey! I’m Vicky. I have had the job title ‘mummy’ for just over 7 years now. I have 3 children, they are 7, 5 and 20months old and I have breastfed for just over 4 of the 7 years… and counting!

I have always had a love and passion for breastfeeding. I am about to begin my Peer Supporter training and am looking forward to being able to help and support other breastfeeding mothers.