More than 50 mothers and babies celebrated the re-opening of Northampton Baby Cafe during a special event.
Mothers and babies were back once more at The Friends’ Meeting House, in Wellington Street, to show their support for the specialist breastfeeding drop-in service.
Carolyn Markham, a breastfeeding specialist who will be re-employed with the new funding, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the continued public support for the Northampton Baby Cafe. This has been a real community effort led by the families who have used the service.
“Before its closure, we had seen more than 2,000 breastfeeding mothers and their babies, so we are delighted we can offer breastfeeding help to many, many more families around the county.”
Lou Fallon, a mother of two, said: “I am really pleased it’s been able to re-open as I would have given up were it not for the support given to me here.”
Despite being one of the county’s flagship breastfeeding drop-in services, the Baby Cafe closed in April 2013 because of a lack of funding.
But it has been able to reopen thanks to continued fund-raising efforts and grant applications, led largely by Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance and financial backing from Vernon Terrace Children’s Centre, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and councillors.
The current funding will ensure the service runs until November 2014, and the organisations will now work together to secure the Baby Cafe’s long-term future.
Briony Askew, co-chairman of Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance, said, “Mothers told us how much they missed the service when it closed and we never lost sight of this, making it one of our main aims as an organisation to get it re-opened. We are delighted that the service will operate just as before, from the same venue with the same team from Baby Ways.”
Northampton Baby Cafe is open Fridays from 10am to noon.