I didn't want him to (quit), it felt like a total rejection. It was really hormonal, and trying to stop in the middle of the tour was insane.
About Breastfeeding Mum Meets
Breastfeeding Mum Meets is a registered charity run by a team of dedicated volunteers. We host weekly meets all over the county at specially selected venues providing support for mums and opportunities to socialise with other like minded women in a comfortable and encouraging environment.
Our goals are to raise awareness and promote the benefits of breastfeeding whilst helping Norfolk County UK mums on their journey, celebrating the highs and working through the lows.
We have 24hr peer support for members on our closed Facebook group and lots of info and fun on our public Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Charity page. We signpost to further support, provide information with links from reputable sites and give peer support using our personal experiences. Most importantly we provide a listening ear at an incredibly difficult and vulnerable time for a mum.
Our meets are very relaxed and informal. We love to see mums bring their bigger ones and the majority of our meets have some form of entertainment for babies up to preschool age.
We strongly believe it is vital to give mums an opportunity to vent and connect with individuals on a similar path.
Your breastfeeding journey should NEVER be a lonely one.
From humble beginnings!
We started off as a Facebook group in July 2017 and had our first meet on 25th August. That was hosted by Georgina (Founder and Charity Chair) and had 3 attendees including the now Charity Vice-Chair Jemma Jermy and previous Charity Treasurer Debz Chaplin!
A team of 4 covered the admin duties for a year with Georgina hosting in different areas over Norfolk every week until the decision was made to recruit other hosts. We grew and grew, covering more and more of Norfolk. We had big introductory meets in Gorleston introducing the amazing Jayne and in the West welcoming Milli, Lillie and Rose! Host by host we were able to support more mums and break more of the stigma surrounding public feeding.
We hosted our first Global Big Latch On, August 2018 in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. It was an amazing morning but seemed to go so quickly due to the time restraints of the latch having to be at 10.30am. So, the following year we decided to make a huge family event of it to allow mums to relax, enjoy themselves and socialise. There was soft play, face painting, free fresh fruit, donuts and jelly, information stalls from local support services and our favourite local business who makes the most incredible empowering breastfeeding related items and liquid gold clothing. It was an amazing day; the oxytocin was flowing, and we were loving every second!
In January 2019 we got the email we were hoping for, from the Charity Commission . . . “We are satisfied that BREASTFEEDING MUM MEETS is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1181548. The decision to register was based on our assessment of the information supplied during the application process and the declarations given in the trustee declaration form and we are satisfied that BREASTFEEDING MUM MEETS is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.” WOHOO! That day was a huge achievement for the whole team and every single member on our page. Since then our team of trustee’s and officials has run the charity dealing with all sorts of things, many of which we never imagined we would ever have to!
So that leads us to where we are now, around 30 hosts, a full trustee team and regular meets all over the county. We are enormously proud of all we have achieved and never imagined that we would get to this incredible position. But… there is always more we can do!
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I stay healthy by working out but not dieting, because I am a milk machine.
It's very, very special. It's like a lot of things you take on in life. You have to experience it to understand.