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Boost for local breastfeeding group

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2013
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The Carlisle Breastfeeding Group along with Helen Ferris, Infant Feeding Coordinator accept the cheque from Steve Carney, owner of Old Hall Cafe and his staff

Old Hall Café, where North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Carlisle Breastfeeding Group runs its Baby Café has presented the group with a cheque for £250.

The money, which was raised through a bonus ball lottery the café runs every week, will be used to buy two electric breast pumps for short term use by breastfeeding mums and babies in the area. The Cumberland Infirmary’s Infant Feeding Coordinator, Helen Ferris said: “Having access to electric breast pumps can make a huge difference to the maintenance and experience of breastfeeding.

“The breastfeeding group is very grateful to Steve Carney, the owner of Old Hall Café and his staff who have been welcoming the group and breastfeeding mums into the café every Wednesday for almost two years. This has really enhanced the acceptance of breastfeeding as the norm in the area and given many mums the confidence to breastfeed in public.”

All expectant or new mothers are welcome to go along to the Baby Café for the breastfeeding support group for a cup of tea and a chat with other mums. Helen Ferris and breastfeeding peer supporters are also on hand each week to offer advice and support.

Helen added: “The café is a really nice place to socialise, with leather sofas and tables where they can sit and have a coffee and nobody bats an eyelid if they breastfeed their babies. It also gives us a good opportunity to sort out any problems women may be having with breastfeeding in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Old Hall Café is at Petteril Bank Community Centre on Burnett Road, Harraby, Carlisle and the Baby Café is open every Wednesday from 1.00pm to 2.30pm.  

For more information about breastfeeding help and support in north Cumbria, please visit