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.
'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 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 .
Donations can be made at ko-fi.com/nomilklikemamas which pays for the hire of the room used for the cafe.
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.
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.
You can book your space from a week in advance for each cafe.
The next cafe is on Friday 18th June – please email from Friday 11th June to book your place.
During the Covid19 pandemic support we have limited numbers so spaces will need to be booked. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place. 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.