Mums who had breastfed, new mums and mums-to-be were invited to come along, shared breastfeeding experiences, festive punch and mince pies at Newcastle Emlyn Baby Café’s Christmas party.

The Newcastle Emlyn Breastfeeding Support Group was established nearly seven years ago and in 2012 became a part of the Baby Café network - a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mums can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled peer supporters and each other. The Emlyn Baby Café is run by a team of dedicated volunteers – all mothers who have breastfed themselves and have undertaken training to offer breastfeeding support to other mothers.

Local mum Amber said:"I first visited Newcastle Emlyn Baby Cafe when my son was just five days old, as we were having a few problems with feeding. I found the support invaluable, and everyone so welcoming that I have kept coming back! We are both making new friends and I would urge any mother to come along too.”

Kalindi Black, NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and Baby Café Facilitator said: “We are delighted to be able to offer community support for breastfeeding women in Newcastle Emlyn. For many mothers the support of a breastfeeding group enables them to breastfeed for as long as they and their baby want to. All breastfeeding mothers are invited to the group whether they are experiencing difficulties or not. We also welcome mums to be who are interested in finding out more about breastfeeding.”

Newcastle Emlyn Baby Café meets every Tuesday 10am to 12pm in Newcastle Emlyn Catholic Church hall. Other Baby Café events to look out for in 2014 include an evening focusing on breastfeeding for antenatal parents, a creative craft morning contributing to a national celebration of breastfeeding, a baby toy and clothing swap shop, a spring sling day and an egg hunt.

For further local information contact Kalindi Black 01545 580559, email