Northampton breastfeeding support service celebrates 10th year with a day of family fun

Northampton Baby Cafe 10th anniversary NNL-140829-165521001
Northampton Baby Cafe 10th anniversary NNL-140829-165521001

A gathering of 200 mums, dads, children and babies celebrated the 10th birthday of Northampton Baby Café, breastfeeding support service.

The Café, on Wellington Street in the town centre has helped 2,300 mothers and babies overcome breastfeeding problems since it first opened its doors in August 2004.

Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance celebrated the milestone anniversary by hosting a special Family Fun Day at Brampton Halt, in Pitsford Road in Chapel Brampton.

The day included a bouncy castle, face painting and a BBQ, as well as special guest appearances from a magician and cartoon characters.

Although public health funding cuts have caused problems for the Café in recent years, it is still run through Babyways by the original breastfeeding facilitators, Carolyn Markham and Ann Davison.

As part of the anniversary event they were presented with a photograph album by Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance, which included pictures of the babies and mothers they have helped over the years and a giant birthday cake.

Ann Davison, of Babyways, said: “It was wonderful to see so many families at the Birthday party and especially as it originally started as a one year project to see if there was a need for this kind of service.

“Ten years later we are surrounded by so many people telling us that Northampton Baby Café made a great difference to their breastfeeding experience.”

Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance co-chair, Esther Stimpson, said: “Specialist breastfeeding help is vital to mums who are having difficulties with breastfeeding especially as new studies show the long reaching effects of lack of support for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.

“The Northampton Baby Cafe has proven to support mothers at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and in need of non-judgemental advice and guidance and we are grateful that the service is able to continue thanks for generous donations and fundraising activity.

“That so many families turned up to celebrate its tenth birthday shows what a valued service it really is. We are so pleased the event was such a success.”

Northampton Baby Cafe runs weekly from Quaker Meeting House, Wellington Street on Fridays, from 10am to noon.