Education and support are the two main goals of a new group that’s growing in Muskingum County.
The Breastfeeding Cafe connects expectant mothers, women currently breastfeeding and those who have breastfed their children in the past.
"We don’t have generation after generation that breastfeeds anymore," explained Lisa Davidson from the Muskingum County women, infant and children program. "We go out in public and moms that do breastfeed are nervous about what people might say. Here they can come and feel normal."
Tonya Buchanan is a mother of twin boys and is a peer helper with the WIC program in Guernsey County. She is one of a few women in the group that has nursed multiples.
"Breastfeeding is kind of supply and demand," explained Buchanan. "You can make enough milk to feed twins. It definitely is challenging because you’re nursing two babies at the same time. So there is some additional challenges as far as the time involved in nursing twins."
If you’re interested in taking part in the Breastfeeding Cafe the group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10-12p.m. at the Muskingum County Health Department in the 1st Floor Conference Room. Davidson said it is informal and mothers and children can come and go as they please.