Baby Cafe Penge has continued to support local new parents and their babies since it opened in 2014. As well as a warm welcome, compassionate breastfeeding support and evidence-based information, Baby Cafe offers hot drinks and homemade cake, with an opportunity to chat to other parents who may be experiencing similar challenges. One mum said “Baby Café has been my weekly lifeline. I don’t think I would’ve been able to continue breastfeeding without it. I can’t thank you enough.” Another said “I had lost all my confidence in my ability to feed my baby but when I came to the group and got help, I got good advice and support and felt empowered to breastfeed.”
At a time when they may already be feeling overwhelmed, learning to breastfeed is sometimes difficult for new parents, and feels very important to them. At Baby Café they listen to and support parents to feed their babies however they choose to.
The group is facilitated by a qualified breastfeeding counsellor and a team of dedicated volunteers who are all trainee breastfeeding peer supporters. It is a free of charge service, open every Friday 1-3pm at Melvin Hall Community Centre, 48 weeks a year. Breastfeeding support is woefully underfunded, making this service invaluable. You can help them continue to help new families by donating the cost of a cuppa and cake. They would also be eternally grateful for larger donations from local businesses that would get a mention on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Babycafepenge