Published Wed, 2011-01-26 12:05; updated 2 years ago.

Breastfeeding mothers in Solihull are being given more opportunities to obtain support and advice about feeding their babies naturally with the opening of three new breastfeeding Cafes.

Solihull NHS Care Trust says breastfeeding is one of the best things a mother can do for her baby as it gives the infant the best start in life.

The Breastfeeding cafes provide mum-to-mum support, with a health professional and breastfeeding peer supporters providing additional support and information.

Anyone is welcome to drop in to the informal groups, including breastfeeding mothers and mums-to-be and their families and friends.

Carmen Baskerville, Infant Feeding co-ordinator, said: “Some of our mums have attended regularly for many months. They have attended our peer support training programme and now attend the cafes as peer supporters.

“The opening of the new cafes at Mill Lodge Children’s Centre, Shirley; Keystone’s Children’s Centre and Smithswood Children’s Centre will make it easier for many more mums across the borough to access the help, advice and support they need to get the most out of this very unique and enjoyable experience.”

Breastfeeding Cafes are now held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at The Bridge, Shirley (10am – 11.30am), Chelmsley Wood Children’s Centre (10am – 11.30am), and Mill Lodge Children’s Centre, Shirley (1.30pm – 3.30pm).

In addition, they take place on Wednesday’s, from 1pm – 2.30pm, at Lyndon Children’s Centre, Rodney Road, and on Thursday’s at Keystone’s Children’s Centre, Widney Close, Bentley Heath (9am – 10.30am) and Smithswood Children’s Centre (1.30pm – 2.30pm).