A drop-in service for women interested in breastfeeding has been so successful that it is moving to bigger premises this week (Fri 20 April) just six months after it was set up.
It is relocating from the House of Fun day nursery on the Longs Industrial Estate to St Peter’s Church Hall in Lowestoft Road, next door to Newberry Child Development Centre, both in Gorleston.
The free service, which supports pregnant women who are interested in breastfeeding and mums currently breastfeeding, will be held in the church hall for the first time this Friday (20 April) between 1pm and 3pm and at the same venue between the same times on future Fridays.
The service, which was established in October last year by health visitors employed by Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) and a midwife from James Paget University NHS Foundation Trust, will also now be known as the “Healthy Start Baby Café Gorleston”.
Women can drop in without an appointment any time between 1pm and 3pm for advice, information and support from specialist breastfeeding midwife Curita [checked] Reilly and health visitor Justine Hogg and to socialise with women in the same circumstances.
The service had previously been available from 1pm to 2.30pm but has been extended by 30 minutes to make it easier for mums who have returned to work to go along.
Mrs Reilly said it had so far attracted mothers who were breastfeeding children aged between two weeks and three years.
“The church hall is much more spacious, bright and airy than the room we had at the House of Fun which became very claustrophobic when any more than six mums turned up,” she said.
“Sometimes we had as many as a dozen women but this would not be a problem at St Peter’s which has a separate area where mums can leave prams rather than try to squeeze them into a single room.