Breastfeeding Support Cafe

‘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 a regular free Breastfeeding Support Cafe at Rowan House Health & Wellbeing Centre in Hethersett .

The Breastfeeding Support Cafe runs on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 11am – 1pm.

During the Covid19 pandemic, the Breastfeeding Support Cafe will need to be booked using the contact form below to ensure the cafe is a safe environment for families attending, allowing us time between to clean and ensure this remains a Covid secure environment. 

During this time when the Cafe will have limited numbers, where face to face support at the cafe is fully booked, when possible Breastfeeding Support will be offered by way of video call with local volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellors. You will be referred on for more in-depth specialist IBCLC support if required. 

The Breastfeeding Support Café 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. Donations can be made at the Cafe in person or via our Ko-Fi account. These donations enable us to hire the space required to run our regular free voluntary Breastfeeding Support Cafe which is available to all families – https://ko-fi.com/nomilklikemamas

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 the Breastfeeding Support Cafe is a Peer Support setting 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. 

During the Covid19 pandemic support will need to be booked individually in order to attend the Breastfeeding Support Cafe for us to offer this in a safe and Covid secure way.  Please complete the following form with a brief description of your concerns and we will come back to you as soon as we can regarding an appointment time.

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 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, 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. 

Email the Breastfeeding Support Cafe team

Marion Alqurashi | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
No Milk Like Mama’s Peer Support Co-ordinator

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

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.

(to enquire about volunteering with the NMLM team please email Marion to discuss at breastfeedingsupportcafe@nomilklikemamas.co.uk)

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.

Sam Ismail-Epps | Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Hi, I’m Sam, mum to Jasper and a Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.
 
I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed and did everything I could to educate myself about it ahead of Jasper’s arrival. But once he was here, it was not as straightforward as it looked in the books! I am certain that breastfeeding would never have happened for us, nor would we still be going, if it were not for the incredible support that we received antenatally, in the hospital, online and through support groups. Breastfeeding has become such a huge part of my path through motherhood, and I soon realised that I wanted to train as a peer supporter to help other families navigate the highs and lows of breastfeeding.
 
I am so excited to be part of the No Milk Like Mama’s team; I hope that I can give something back to the breastfeeding community that has helped us so much, and support families to feel informed and empowered to achieve their breastfeeding goals.