Following the government's advice around dealing with the current pandemic of the Coronavirus, all of our face to face groups have now been suspended, including our Balham Breastfeeding Drop-in. 

Life, however, carries on happening, babies are being born and their parents need our support more than ever. So our amazing Breastfeeding Counsellors came up with a handy solution: a virtual version of our Breastfeeding Drop-in on WhatsApp and ZOOM. 

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In our WhatsApp group, the Breastfeeding Counsellors are continuously monitoring the messages and will get back to you when they are available.

Our drop-in on ZOOM is open every Monday between 10 am-noon where parents can chat with each other sharing experiences while waiting for the Breastfeeding Counsellor to see them in a private breakout room. 

Donations are welcome at our usual JustGiving page.

breastfeeding mother with an NCT breastfeeding counsellor

Are you breastfeeding a baby or planning to breastfeed?Would you like support or information on breastfeeding?Would you like to meet other breastfeeding mums?

Then visit our highly trained Breastfeeding Counsellors at our Breastfeeding Drop-in for free support and information. You’ll find a relaxed and friendly environment. ALL welcome.

When

Every Monday (except Bank holidays) 10.00 am – 11.30 am. Please arrive by 11 am.

Where

St Andrews United Reformed Church (corner of Cavendish & Laitwood Roads, Balham, SW12 9QH)

Contact

For other enquiries email: Julie, balhambreastfeedingcafe@gmail.com

DONATE to keep our Breastfeeding Drop-in open

Our branch has been providing weekly breastfeeding support to local parents at the Balham Breastfeeding Drop-in since 2008. 

The drop-in is a fantastic resource which offers one to one access to highly qualified NCT breastfeeding counsellors in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment hosted by dedicated local volunteers. 

We have supported hundreds of women, many of whom are feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable and are in the very early days of motherhood, often visiting us when their babies are just a few days old.  The service is open to all and is viewed by the branch and the parents who use it as a valuable and critical resource, particularly given the overstretched nature of NHS postnatal support. 

“I wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that my baby boy is feeding quite a lot better since we came to see you at the breastfeeding cafe in Balham.  Many thanks for your help.  I have been telling other women about the brilliant support you provide and wish I had known about you earlier.”  Email received from a local mum 

The cafe costs around £8500/year to run and is funded entirely from branch fundraising and donations.  We welcome all parents and it is free to access our service, however, in order to ensure this service continues indefinitely, there is a suggested minimum donation of £10 for your first visit (£5 for subsequent visits).

Please get in touch with Julie on balhambreastfeedingcafe@gmail.com if you:

  • Would like to make a one-off or regular donation to the breastfeeding drop-in or visit our JustGiving page
  • Have access to a corporate donation scheme through your employer e.g. matched giving scheme, community grants
  • Would be interested in sponsorship of one or more session of the breastfeeding cafe
  • Would like to get involved in fundraising for the breastfeeding cafe

Breast pump agents: for hire of hospital-grade pumps

Local hire of Medela hospital-grade breast pumps at Kanari Pharmacy (SW6 5SA, 020 7736 1500).  Or direct from manufacturers:  Ameda, Ardo or Medela.

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