Kent Baby Matters
If you have had a baby and breastfeed, you will no doubt have an understanding of how challenging it might be. We do not live in a society where we are surrounded by breastfeeding so it is possible that when we hold our own baby, it could be the first time we have seen a baby go to the breast. Learning a new skill is hard and the support breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultants can give families is invaluable at this time.
Since we opened our breastfeeding drop-in clinic in Hope Church in May 2018 and then at Tonbridge Baptist Church in November of that year, we have supported over 1500 families with many returning again and again.
Between the four specialists who run our drop-in groups we have over 40 years of experience supporting families with infant feeding. Mums come to see us with a variety of concerns ranging from painful feeding, engorgement, mastitis through to assessment of tongue tie. The groups are a safe place for new mums to try breastfeeding out of the house, maybe for the first time or to be around other mothers who are feeding and experiencing the same issues.
We are not funded through the NHS or County Council, so we rely on funds raised through small grants and donations. Currently we have enough funding to keep the doors open until the end of March.
The breastfeeding specialists alongside our dedicated team of volunteers are running Mother’s Day events. At Tonbridge Baptist Church on March 17th and at Hope Church on March 20th we will be holding pamper events for new parents where a range of treatments will be on offer alongside a photographer and local retail businesses. Throughout February and March we are also running a raffle with lots of amazing prizes up for grabs. This is in addition to the normal breastfeeding and sling support services. If you would like to see our service continue, whether you have used us in the past or are needing us currently, do come along and join us.
Raffle tickets can be purchased now by donating to our JustGiving page or visiting our groups https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westkentbabymatters
Like our Facebook page for all fundraising information and contact Karen with any questions or to purchase pamper event treatment tickets at [email protected] or 07951600777
“H is still breastfeeding and it’s been the most wonderful experience. Your support and passion has helped beyond measure.”
“You’ve given me confidence to continue breastfeeding mindfully, I cannot thank you enough.”
“You and your team are amazing. Thank you again for your help with E’s tongue tie. Breastfeeding is finally pleasurable.”