SCARBOROUGH’S first ever breast feeding café has been launched.
Restaurant 55 in Eastborough will open its doors between 11am and 2.30pm every Thursday to welcome mums and babies.
The venue will provide a haven for mums to gather and catch up over a coffee in a place where they can feel relaxed and comfortable feeding their babies – whether by breast or bottle.
Celina Taylor, manager of Scarborough Hospital’s midwifery-led unit and Scarborough community midwives, said: “The aim of the breastfeeding café is to give women extra support not just from midwives and peer supporters but it also gives them the opportunity to meet and talk to other mums in relaxed and comfortable surroundings.
“Women often tell us that they don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public places and as a result often stay at home.
“It is hoped that by providing such a haven, women will be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.
“Developing a network of other mums will also help to reduce feelings of isolation, helping reduce postnatal depression and anxiety.”
She added: “We really want to thank Restaurant 55 for letting us use their facilities for the café they have really got onboard this project.
“They are going to provide free juice and goody bags for toddlers. A cheap menu will also be on offer and as long as visitors buy a cup of tea or coffee they can sit and chat until the close of the café at 2.30pm.”
Peer supporters from the Breast Friends of Scarborough will be on hand as will midwives from Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
William Bell, proprietor of Restaurant 55, said: “Over the past six years we have been working to establish ourselves as a family-friendly restaurant and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the hospital trust to host Scarborough’s first breastfeeding café.
“We are the ideal venue as we have plenty of room for pushchairs. We also have a ramp, baby changing facilities, children’s entertainment and give children free squash.
“On a Thursday when we will be hosting the breastfeeding café we are going to turn the restaurant around slightly, moving chairs and tables so that there is a large area for the mums, babies and children.”