We’re turning 10!

We would like to invite all of our Breastfeeding Babes families and supporters to join us to celebrate our 10th birthday on Saturday 10th June. We will be having a family picnic at Bursledon Recreation Ground, Long Lane, between midday and 3pm. There will be lots of fun to be had, including welly whanging, games, “boob hats” to buy, cakes (of course!) and refreshments. There is also a large playground for the kids to enjoy.

We have had many generous raffle prizes donated already, including Kutz and Beauty Lowford Gift Certificate, New Forest Wildlife Park Family Ticket, Time 2 Revive 45 minute massage, 2 Wash & Blowdry Vouchers from Look Ahead Salon, an Ardo Hand Breast Pump, Baby blanket from Teacups and Tutus, Box of cupcakes, 2 Kids2day tickets and a 2 hour photography session. If you can donate a prize to the raffle – please do let us know.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Generous donation gratefully received from an anonymous donor

We would like to gratefully acknowledge an extremely generous private donation of £100 to Breastfeeding Babes Bursledon. Thank you so much!

Huge thanks to all who supported us with their Waitrose tokens in January!

We would like to thank Waitrose Portswood and their customers for nominating Breastfeeding Babes Bursledon in January 2017 as one of their good causes. We have received a wonderfully generous £215.00 donation. We will use the money to train Mother Supporters and subsidise support and equipment for breastfeeding families.

Fair Oak group to be discontinued

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of our wonderful Breastfeeding Counsellors, Helen Hobbs has decided to step down from breastfeeding support after 5 years of running the Breastfeeding Babes Fair Oak group at the Little Coppice Children’s Centre, supporting the Bursledon group and woman-ing the ABM Helpline. Helen came to the group when her own children were babies and went on to qualify as a Mother Supporter and then as a Breastfeeding Counsellor. She has helped hundreds of families as an unpaid volunteer. She has made a huge contribution to our support team with her wisdom, kindness and intuition. We wish Helen and her family the very best in their future adventures.

Sadly, we have decided to discontinue our Friday morning sessions at Little Coppice Children’s Centre for the present with immediate effect, but Bursledon will continue at St. Paul’s Church Thursdays 13:00-14:30 rain or shine and the cake supply will continue uninterrupted. With the future of Children’s Centres under consultation, we may be in a position to start another group in future in an alternative venue.

Christmas and New Year group arrangements

Mince piesChristmas is fast approaching, so it must be time for our annual Christmas party! We will be celebrating with mince pies and non-alcoholic bubbly at our Bursledon group on Thursday 17th December, between 1 and 2.30pm (breastfeeding support will also be available at this session). Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to run our group at Fair Oak this Friday (18th December), but we would like to invite all of our Fair Oak families along to our celebration in Bursledon.

Merry ChristmasOur usual groups will not run for the next two weeks, but we will be running a support session between 10am and 11am at St Paul’s Church, Bursledon, on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please note that these sessions will be by appointment only, so please do let us know if you wish to come along – please either email us or drop us a message through our Facebook page. Our groups will resume normal operation in the week commencing Monday 4th January.

All of the Breastfeeding Babes team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Funding available for training new Mother Supporters, thanks to Denplan

Breastfeeding Babes, Bursledon and Fair Oak,Denplanare very grateful to receive a generous donation of £230 from the Denplan Community Fund. We plan to fund training for new Mother Supporters through the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and help our current Mother Supporters to extend their knowledge and skills as Breastfeeding Counsellors. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, please contact Debbie, Helen or Dominique by e-mailing us or come and visit us at the groups.

Group arrangements this week (19th/20th April 2015)

Please be advised that due to exceptional circumstances, there are some changes to our groups this week.

Our Bursledon group will meet as usual on Thursday, between 1 and 2.30pm, but we will meet in the hall at Pilands Wood Community Centre (the building opposite our usual venue). The Health Visitors’ clinic is also moving to this venue for this week.

Our Fair Oak group on Friday will run as usual at Little Coppice Children’s Centre, between 9.30 and 11am, but this will be a peer support session only.

Further breastfeeding advice is available via our private Facebook group (for those families who have previously visited one of our groups) or the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

Both groups will return to their usual arrangements next week.

No Fair Oak group this week (18/7/14)

It is with regret that Fair Oak group will be CLOSED on Friday this week due to unforeseen circumstances. However, bursledon group at St. Paul’s church in bursledon will be running 1-2.30pm tomorrow (Thursday, 17/7/14) should you need to speak to someone, or contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 which is open 9.30am – 9.30pm 7 days a week. Again, many apologies for the inconvenience. Helen x

Botley group to close

Please be advised that our Botley group will cease to operate with effect from this week. Our final group at the Hop-a-Long Children’s Centre will run on Wednesday 16th July 2014. Many thanks to all who have supported this group.

May half term arrangements

It’s school holiday time again! Our Bursledon and Fair Oak groups will run as usual this week, but unfortunately we cannot get in to the Children’s Centre in Botley and so our Botley group will not run this week. Older siblings are welcome at our groups, but remain your responsibility at all times. Please be aware that during school holidays our volunteers may have their children with them at groups too, although we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum.

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