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What happens at a breastfeeding cafe? Find out

Posted January 9, 2011 8:19 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2011 8:10 p.m. EST

Getting started with breastfeeding both my daughters was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. We survived what seemed like every problem in the book.

I was pretty determined to make it work both times. But without the support of my family, some friends and some wonderful lactation consultants, I probably wouldn't have made it. I've said it before: support is critical for breastfeeding moms.

And that's what the La Leche League's breastfeeding cafes are all about. These are very informal, drop-in programs that are a lot less structured than the usual La Leche League meeting. The discussion revolves around whatever the moms who attend that day want to talk about. But moms come just to talk too. For many, it's that first big outing out with the newborn.

I attended one of the meetings at the Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa at 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary a few months ago. The cafe meets from noon to 1:30 on Fridays at the spa, which I wrote about last month. Moms talked back and forth about the various issues they were facing and offered advice and support.

Now as an aside ... I feature moms and what they're doing on the site every Monday. As every mom I've featured will tell you, I like to work ahead. But I usually don't work this far in advance! But the holidays, starting with Halloween, quickly took over my life after I attended the meeting. I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to post this because it's such a great resource out there for nursing moms.

Check the video for more about the cafe from Cicely Rodale, who leads the cafe at the spa, and Beth  Lao, who attended that morning with her baby. (And thanks to Cicely for holding my own baby so I could film it. She wasn't really in the mood to cooperate that day).

And there are other cafes across the region and throughout the week.

They are 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at Babiology, 2012-A Fairview Rd. in Raleigh; noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Diapering Doula, 4109 Grace Park Dr. in Morrisville; and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at The Red Hen, 201 Weaver St. in Carrboro.

These are free. And, obviously, babies are more than welcome. For more information about these and other La Leche League meetings and groups, click here.

And for more local breastfeeding resources, click here.