Four years ago, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department started the breastfeeding cafe and now, that cafe is expanding.
A small group of moms meet in the morning on the third Wednesday of each month to share experiences of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding coordinator, Lisa Davidson, said many moms wanted to come, but it didn’t fit their schedule, so beginning on May 6, the health department is starting a monthly, evening cafe.
"It started about four years ago, we would have maybe one or two come every month, and now we’ve grown to anywhere from 7 to 12 moms come on a regular basis," Davidson said. "Even those moms are saying ‘we want to do it more than once a month.’"
Davidson said past, present and even future moms are invited to the cafe. She said this is the way that current and future breastfeeding moms can really learn from the ones who have already succeeded in breastfeeding.
"Advantages of the group is definitely having that mom to mom support and knowing that other people are out there because we unfortunately don’t see breastfeeding everywhere that we go, so when you come here, it’s safe to talk about whatever you want to talk about and no one’s going to judge you," Davidson said.
The evening session will be on the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30 at the health department’s 7th Street location.