Baby Cafe USA is a national organization that offers free resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In January 2018, the state's first Baby Cafe opened at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center. Not only have the staff at Thomasville committed to supporting breastfeeding, three other Baby Cafes have opened serving Novant patients in High Point, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem, with two more on the way in Lexington and Brunswick county. The team at Thomasville took it a step further and have trialed a Hispanic Baby Cafe.
Initiating breastfeeding within the first sixty minutes of life as well as maintaining breastfeeding at discharge, are goals PQCNC teams across the state are working toward as they aim to optimally manage newborns at-risk for hypoglycemia. Lisa R. Miller, IBCLC RLC, who leads the Baby Cafﾃｩ program at Thomasville is partnering with her inpatient nurse leaders to educate and empower moms who are at-risk for delivering a newborn with hypoglycemia and wish to exclusively breastfeed their baby.
For more information on how you can start a Baby Cafe in your area, visit the website at http://www.babycafeusa.org