What is Baby Café?
Baby Cafe USA is a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the development of licensed U.S. Baby Cafés. The Touro Infirmary Foundation, with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, will open 2 new Baby Cafe's in the City of New Orleans.
PLEASE NOTE: All NOLA Baby Cafe Drop-In Sessions have been suspended until further notice.Families in need of lactation assistance or information are encouraged to call (504) 517-MILK. Lactation help will be provided by International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) via telephone, secure messaging, or video consultation using a HIPAA-compliant system.
Baby Cafés are FREE resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, offering:
- Support from specifically-trained staff
- Opportunities to share experiences and make friends
- Refreshments, comfortable seating, and open-forum discussions
No appointment is needed- Baby Café sites are generally open at least once a week.
Some Cafes offer play areas for accompanying toddlers.
Locations vary from church halls, community rooms and soup kitchens to WIC clinics and hospitals. Some Cafés welcome male partners, and all Cafés welcome female supporters.
Benefits of Visiting a Baby Cafe
Currently, approximately 80% of all US women start breastfeeding, but of those moms, approximately 60% do not reach their own goals.
In efforts to improve these rates, Baby Cafés offer support on all aspects of breastfeeding and its impact on daily life – from prenatal to weaning, as well as assistance with pumping and maintaining supply if moms return to work outside the home.
Baby Café sites are run by a range of trained staff including health professionals such as board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs), midwives and nurses, and other qualified and accredited breastfeeding counselors. All will have specific training and experience in helping breastfeeding families to provide a consistent, high standard of care.