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Breastfeeding 'cafe' opens in Raleigh

Posted July 13, 2010

Babiology, the children's consignment store in Five Points, is the home of a new gathering for nursing moms and pregnant moms who want to know more about breastfeeding.

This month, the store at 2012 Fairview Rd. near downtown Raleigh, began to host La Leche League breastfeeding cafes from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. These are casual, drop-in programs that are free. You're welcome to chat and bring your lunch. And babies are always welcome. It's a good chance to get some support (which, at least for me, is critical to a successful breastfeeding experience).

La Leche League in Wake County offers breastfeeding cafes elsewhere in the county.

The RTP Breastfeeding Cafe meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Diapering Doula, 4109 Grace Park Dr. in Morrisville.

The Western Wake Breastfeeding Cafe is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays at the Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa, 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary.

For more information about the cafes, contact informaton and just breastfeeding support in general, check out La Leche League of Wake County's website.

Elsewhere in the region, the Carrboro Breastfeeding Cafe is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at The Red Hen, 201 Weaver St., in Carrboro, according to the website for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro meetings.

And a Fayetteville Breastfeeding Cafe is on the fourth Friday of the month at 10 a.m. at MacPherson Presbyterian Church, 3525 Cliffdale Rd. in Fayetteville, according to the website for the Fayetteville meetings.

And check our breastfeeding resources page for more information about other offerings in the region.


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  • finicula Jul 20, 2010

    These events should be advertised as 'Milk Shakes'.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 14, 2010

    what is the 'proper' way to have children?

  • Mugu Jul 14, 2010

    If you are unable to properly have children, there are may ways to not have them.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 14, 2010

    what i find ridiculous is that in this society, it's perfectly acceptable for barely legal or even younger starlets to parade around in nothing more than a g-string and pasties, but when a woman wants to use her body the way it was intended, people want to get into an uproar.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 14, 2010

    "How do working mothers handle breastfeeding?"

    I worked a full time job through both times in my life that I was breastfeeding my kids. I bought a hospital quality pump and every 2 hours I'd go to a private area and pump. My employer had no issues with this, and it only took about 15 minutes each time, so it was comparable to the smoke breaks my co-workers were taking that I wasn't.

    Neither of my kids had any problem with n ipple confusion (switching between breast and bottle), but this is probably because for the first 10 weeks of life, I was home with them and they didn't see a bottle in that time. They were able to establish a feeding routine and by the time it was time to switch to bottles while I was at work, there was no issue.

    I never breastfed in public without being discreet and honestly, I've never seen anyone else do that either. Discreet means covering of the breast, folks, not throwing a tent over mama so you can't possibly tell what's going on under there.

  • Oops I sharted in your Cofee Jul 14, 2010

    hey morons, not all moms are soccer moms

  • freddie cadetti 72 Jul 14, 2010

    Nice they offer this to stay at home soccer moms. Notice the location caters to the ITB groupies.

  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 14, 2010

    I have never actually said I had a problem with breastfeeding in public. I just said I wasn't buying the argument that it was either breastfeed in pubilic or the kid goes hungry. However due to issues like niple (had to change spelling because filter doesn't want me saying the right word on a thread about breast feeding....) confusion and pumping problems, it's clear that that can be a problem for some.

    I do think that due to the sexualization of the breast in our culture, moms should cover up as best they can. I think most reasonable people on here would agree with that.

  • finicula Jul 14, 2010

    Suckers...all of them....suckers.

  • wakeconative4ever Jul 14, 2010

    My baby did do well eating from both bottle and breast, but he was started out that way in the hospital because he was so small that they had to measure how much milk he was getting. So, I started out pumping. No only is breast milk the best milk, but it is free. ALL women on WIC should HAVE to breastfeed unless there is a physical reason why she can't. Think of the money that could be saved and most importantly, the children would be much healthier.