Breastfeeding Cafe meets in person Wednesday at 10 AM. Registration to attend in person is strongly encouraged.
As of August 2, 2021, masks are required for everyone in our space (ages 2+), regardless of vaccination status.
We are currently limiting in person groups to 15 people, priority will be given to those who have registered to help us maintain group safety for in person meetings. Babies and young children are welcome to accompany you to our meetings.
Our informal breastfeeding support group is a place for you to spend time with other breastfeeding parents and our group facilitator to ask questions, listen, share and learn more about parenting through breastfeeding in a friendly, safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment. Our Breastfeeding Cafe is facilitated by Alison Spath, IBCLC, and Jennie Kieffer, CLC.
We welcome ALL pregnant and breastfeeding families – whether you are breastfeeding exclusively, supplementing with formula or donor human milk, pumping and bottle feeding, adoptive breastfeeding or re-lactating. We are honored to support you wherever you are on your journey.
Our Breastfeeding Cafe meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM until noon-12:30 but you are welcome and encouraged to drop in at any point during our time together. Pregnant and nursing parents, babies and young children are welcome to join us. Please bring a blanket for your baby and quiet toys or books for your young children. You are welcome to bring snacks or your lunch. We have an infant scale that you can use during the meeting to weigh your baby if you like.
Topics OFTEN COVERED AT OUR MEETINGS
- Breastfeeding and the early weeks
- Returning to work, pumping, introducing a bottle
- Sleep challenges
- Working through and overcoming breastfeeding challenges like slow weight gain, plugged ducts, oversupply, nursing in public, nursing strikes, handling unsupportive partners, family and friends
- Starting solids and weaning
- Advantages of breastfeeding
- Attachment style parenting, baby wearing, gentle discipline, safe sleep
- Life with baby, changes in the relationship with your partner
We always begin each meeting by answering and talking about the questions and concerns the parents in attendance bring to the meeting. Our meeting discussion tends to naturally evolve based on these questions. If/when time remains, a breastfeeding related meeting topic is presented.
To attend this group, we’re kindly asking for your financial support of $3 per meeting. You can pay with cash, check or credit/debit card at the studio. Thank you so much for helping us help you and other families and babies in our community! No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
No pre-registration or sign up is required, just drop in!
If you are struggling with a very challenging breastfeeding issue that requires extra attention, it’s possible a private breastfeeding consultation might be necessary for you and your baby. This can be arranged to happen immediately after our Breastfeeding Cafe meeting, or on another day and time, at Beautiful Birth Choices or in your home.
Moms of older babies and toddlers often gather in the yoga studio during our Breastfeeding Cafe meeting to for support each other and allow crawlers and walkers to move and socialize. All are welcome to join in on the fun!
Beautiful Birth Choices, 681 Winton Rd. North Rochester, NY 14609
Find local online breastfeeding community support at our BBC’s Breastfeeding Cafe and Breastfeeding Support Facebook Group.