NEW mothers and mums-to-be are being invited to celebrate the launch of a Baby Café in Teesdale.

It will be part of a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding.

Following its success across County Durham and Darlington, the Teesdale Baby Café will be launched with a party on Wednesday, February 20, at Barnard Castle Sure Start centre, in Galgate.

It is funded by Public Health County Durham and Darlington and will be one of 11 Baby Cafés in the area.

Health visitor Jill Hedley said: “Breastfeeding is the most natural way for us to feed our babies.

“Being part of the Baby Cafe initiative means we will be able to provide an even better level of service and support to breastfeeding mothers than ever before.”

Nationally, Baby Café has more than 100 drop-ins supporting up to 10,000 mums a year.

They are open to all those interested in any aspect of breastfeeding – mothers, partners and supporters – and take place once a week in children’s centres or community venues.