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Resources at baby café provide feeding support for local mum

A new mum from Birstall has said how thankful she was for the breastfeeding support she received and the resources available to her at the Batley Baby Café.

Sarah Delaney-Buckle, 32, began visiting the café when her daughter Evie was three weeks old as she didn’t feel that her milk was flowing as it should. The team at the café suggested that she tried a breast pump to express her milk and this really helped.

“I had tried using a pump,” said Sarah, “but it still didn’t really get me anywhere. I then loaned one from the baby café and it was so much better. My milk just started to flow and now I have plenty to be able to feed Evie on demand. I still express every now and then as it means other people can help with the feeds.”

The Batley Baby Café, based at Staincliffe and Healey Children’s Centre in Batley is run by midwives, health visitors, volunteers and breast feeding support workers to provide a holistic approach to supporting mums to breastfeed for as long as they can.

Infant Feeding Coordinator at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Sharon Tunnacliffe, plays a key role in the café and was instrumental in securing the funding to enable it to purchase five new breast pumps for mums in Batley.

Sharon won a grant of £500 in Kirklees Council’s ‘It’s Up To You’ initiative, which encourages people to suggest projects that they feel will make a difference to their community. Members of the community are then invited to an event where they vote for the project they want to see progress. Those with the most votes receive a grant of up to £500.

Simon Campbell-Skelling, Community Heritage and Education Officer for Kirklees Council, said: “I’m really pleased that Sharon and her colleagues from the Trust, and the Children’s Centre, now have additional resources to enable them to support more mums in the Batley area to carry on breastfeeding.”

The drop in breastfeeding session, which engages with over 1000 mothers, babies and their supporters per year, takes place every Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00pm and is open to parents across the North Kirklees area.

The Trust also runs a breastfeeding support clinic at the Midwifery Led Unit on Floor D of Pontefract Hospital every Friday (10 30am – 12 30pm) and Castle Children’s Centre, in Wakefield every Monday (10:00am – 12:00pm).