Breastfeeding Drop-In - Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance
Weekly drop-in for families breastfeeding their babies. Skilled help will be given by trained and qualified Breastfeeding Counsellors one to one, including accurate information tailored to individual need with printed packs to follow up. Volunteers and staff give caring one-to-one support, in a mother-to-mother group. Free for the service users.
- To improve maternal and infant health by extending the benefits of breastfeeding to more families and lengthen breastfeeding duration. Normal good health arising from breastfeeding includes fewer infections and lower rates of long-term disease.
- To relieve suffering for mothers experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, and so enable them to reach their own breastfeeding goals by learning more about the management of breastfeeding.
- To strengthen communities by bringing families together for mutual support and empowerment around caring for their babies.
How we will achieve our goals
We plan 20 sessions (one a week) at a Children’s Centre, staffed by a team of Breastfeeding Counsellors and an IBCLC (Lactation Consultant) plus trained volunteers. Each session will help average 8 families in depth. We will give refreshments and information packs, assess and evaluate the project. If successful we plan to apply for ongoing grants.
Where the money will go
Mothers need help quickly and face to face if breastfeeding hurts or the baby is not getting enough milk. We can boost the duration of breastfeeding, with all its normal health benefits, and reduce post-partum depression by empowering mothers to succeed. Mothers can make friends in the group, stop feeling isolated and grow their community.