History of Baby Café USA

 

First Baby Café

The first Baby Café was established in 2000, in West Sussex, UK, by lactation consultants Catherine Pardoe and Julie Williams. The aim of the Baby Café was to create a mainstream service where all moms could access high quality breastfeeding support from qualified practitioners, volunteers and other mothers in a relaxed setting.  Its popularity quickly grewand in 2005 the Baby Café initiative became the Baby Café Charitable Trust, which merged with NCT in 2010 to expand Baby Café network

 

Baby Café USA

In 2006, Lucia Jenkins RN, IBCLC brought the Baby Café concept to the USA, and the first Baby Café in the United States was opened in Melrose, Massachusetts by Hallmark Health and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. The first WIC Baby Café was started four years later out of Hallmark Health's WIC program in Malden, MA.

In 2008, Lucia presented the Baby Café concept at the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) conference in Las Vegas, NV and the El Paso, Texas Baby Café was started in November of that year, with more opening soon after.

There are currently over 80 Baby Cafés in the USA, in 22 states, and many of them are associated with WIC offices.

Baby Cafe USA is a not-for-profit 501c organization with its own volunteer Board of Directors.

 

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