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Edinburgh businesses throw open their doors for The Big Breastfeeding Cafe

Thousands of UK mums are set to take part in The Big Breastfeeding Cafe next month and, thanks to three independent businesses in the Capital, Edinburgh mums can join in too!

Joy Tots, Toots Play Café, and Avka will join in Medela’s nationwide initiative, which is now in its 4th year, to connect thousands of mums via a network of UK events all taking place on May 1.

More than 200 mini events will run throughout the UK to celebrate individual breastfeeding experiences.

They’re designed to bring parents together (dads are welcome too) to share their experiences of breastfeeding, as well as the challenges and rewards and share breastfeeding tips and advice over a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Joy Tots is very happy to be a part of The Big Breastfeeding Cafe, to bring mums together to celebrate feeding in all its forms,” say co-owners Louise Tibbey and Sally McFarlane.

“It ties in perfectly with our monthly feeding meet-up, hosted by Dribble, where we aim to create a comfortable and safe environment for mums to support one another on their feeding journey.”

“We are delighted to be part of this event supporting breastfeeding mums,” says Anna Christopherson of Avka.

“We have so many mums visiting Akva on a regular basis and, when I had newborns myself, I always breastfed them in the bars. It is just natural and shouldn’t be considered anything else.”

“I’m delighted that Toots will be a host café for the Big Breastfeeding Café,” adds Amanda Norcliffe.

“I attended a breastfeeding cafe run by our local health visitor when I was a new mum, it was a life line at the time and I came away with some awesome, supportive friends who I’m still in touch with many years later. Motherhood can be such an exciting yet challenging time and having safe and friendly places to meet with other parents can be so important.”

“The age-old phrase of ‘mum knows best’ rings true,” says Sioned Hilton, Medela UK’s Education Manager.

“We are finding time and time again that, personal advice from mums who have breastfed themselves, is invaluable. We know that breastfeeding can be challenging, but we also know that a problem shared, is often a problem halved. Ensuring that all breastfeeding mums have a reassuring and supportive network is vital.”

The annual event has garnered a host of celebrity support from high profile mums including Giovanna Fletcher, Helen Skelton, Georgia Jones. Izzy Judd, Jessica Cunningham, Zoe Hardman and many more. 

The concept was born four years ago when Medela decided to take its popular social media Breastfeeding Cafe on the road. Inspired by a survey completed by 1,4000 parents, it was found that 50% of mums believed the most helpful breastfeeding advice and support they received came from local breastfeeding support groups. Along with and family and friends, these ranked significantly higher than all other channels including midwives and GPs, parenting books and websites.

Medela has been supporting breastfeeding mothers for more than 50 years, and thanks to its extensive research into the science of breastfeeding its breast pumps are trusted and loved by parents, celebrities and healthcare professionals across the globe. Medela’s breast pumps have won countless awards, including a Which? Best Buy, and are found in 94% of UK hospitals.

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Lynda Hamilton Parker is a Scottish PR expert and independent publisher

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