Breastfeeding Cafe

Since January 2021 during the Covid19 pandemic, the Breastfeeding Cafe supported 56 families face to face, ranging from babies aged 4 days to approximately 8 months!

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who made this possible.

Since it's inception in 2018 the No Milk Like Mama's Breastfeeding Cafe has supported hundreds of families in their journey!

'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 breastfed. I am so grateful to you & the others at the Breastfeeding Cafe & wanted to tell you how much I appreciated all your care & support.'

The No Mike Like Mama’s Breastfeeding Cafe runs on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 11am – 12.30pm at Rowan House Health & Wellbeing Centre in Hethersett .
Spaces need to be booked in advance

Please support us to support you!
Donations can be made at 
ko-fi.com/nomilklikemamas which pays for the hire of the room used for the cafe. 
During current restrictions please note we are unable to accomodate babies/toddlers who are mobile (crawling/walking). We will update this as soon as we are able.

The Breastfeeding 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 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 Cafe which is available to all families – https://ko-fi.com/nomilklikemamas

There is an on-site cafe at Rowan House where you can purchase take away drinks and food to bring into the Breastfeeding Cafe room if you wish. 

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 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.

We are unable to offer assessment for Tongue Tie/RLF at the Cafe 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. Private consultation is available for this service.

During the Covid19 pandemic support we have limited numbers so spaces will need to be booked. Spaces will be given on a first come first served basis.

Please note the cafe will run as a single session from 11am – 12.30pm. We will be unable to let those in who arrive after 11.15am, as due to covid policies this will disrupt the group. 

If you have a space booked and are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible in order that we can offer this to someone else. 

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 Breastfeeding 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 Café. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge and experience, both professionally and personally. 

Alongside 
No Milk Like Mama’s Practitioners, we have a team of volunteers who support at the Breastfeeding Cafe. All volunteer 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. 

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.