Breastfeeding Support Cafes

‘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.’

No Milk Like Mama’s has an online community of peer support and is an admin member of the online IBCLC led support group created to support families during the coronavirus pandemic

During the coronovirus pandemic No Milk Like Mama’s continues to offer online consultation for both Breastfeeding and Sleep Support and an interactive Breastfeeding Cafe will take place within the private Facebook group.

No Milk Like Mama’s offers free Breastfeeding Support Cafes at both Rowan House Health & Wellbeing Centre in Hethersett and Dereham Library.

The Hethersett Cafe runs from 10am – 12noon on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and the Dereham Cafe runs from 12noon to 2pm on alternate Mondays.

The Cafés provide 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 breastfeeding support offered during this time. 

At the Hethersett Breastfeeding Support Cafe, The Kin Cafe on site at Rowan House provides a hot drink and cake for Breastfeeding Support Cafe attendees for £3.50 – other options can also be bought at their usual price. Refreshments are provide free of charge at the Dereham Cafe. 

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 Breastfeeding Support Cafes are Peer Support settings and we do our best to offer as much support as possible in this time. If further in-depth support is required then a private consultation is more appropriate.

Whilst we may complete assessment for Tongue Tie/RLF at the Cafe (depending on time and need), we are unable to offer free RLF referrals from the Café, as this involves considerable administrative work in addition to assessment. You will be signposted to your NHS health care providers in the first instance to complete this. 

A couple of doors up from Rowan House in Hethersett 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 Hethersett 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 Cafés.

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

All Peer Supporters have received a minimum of Mother Supporter training with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. 

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. 

Alice Castle | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi, I’m Alice! I’m a registered Children’s Nurse and work as a deputy sister in childrens emergency department at NNUH. I am finalising my training with the ABM to become a peer supporter and I’m very excited to be joining the No Milk Like Mama’s team. Although I don’t directly deal with breastfeeding problems in my job, I do deal with poorly breastfed babies who come to the department for a huge variety of reasons- which can be incredibly stressful for both children and their parents.

I am a first time mum to an almost eight month old Freya. Our breastfeeding journey was incredibly hard to begin with, both physically and emotionally. I had no idea I would feel so emotional about it, as I had always said while pregnant that I would try, but I wouldn’t stress if it didn’t work out. How wrong I was! With the help of IBCLC’s and peer supporters, we worked through postnatal anxiety/depression, tongue tie, faltering weight, nipple trauma, blocked ducts and a bucket load of tears! It was such an incredibly difficult time, but I am so proud to have been able to continue breastfeeding and have no plans to stop!

I have become passionate about breastfeeding from both aspects, as a mother and as a nurse. I plan to continue my training further and start the breastfeeding councilor course with the ABM and hopefully develop roles within my professional career within the NNUH.  It’s a real privilege to join this team and I hope I can support families with their journeys and help them achieve their goals.

Alice Manson | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi, I’m Alice. I am mum to 2 gorgeous kiddies age 6 and 2.

I had a very short journey with my first due to a traumatic birth and lack of support. I now know that the support was there I just didn’t know where to go to get it. I fed my youngest until she self weaned at 21 months. We had a few bumps along the road and it is thanks to the wonderful help I received from a peer supporter that we went on as long as we did and I am grateful every day for that.

I am a trained Mother Supporter with the ABM and a trainee Breastfeeding Counsellor. I also volunteer with the team of breastfeeding peer supporters at the NNUH.

I am passionate about supporting new mother’s and helping them to begin and continue their breastfeeding journey however long they may be.

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 completed my Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, Mother Supporter module to enable me to volunteer as a peer supporter with 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.