Didcot Baby Monday is a community led peer-support group for parents with young babies. We hope that you can come along to meet other parents, share experiences of life with a new baby and make new friends. Breastfeeding support is available from our professional lactation consultant, Lisa, and our trained volunteer peer-supporters. As well as all aspects of breastfeeding, we are always ready to lend a well informed, empathetic and non-judgemental ear to anything that is on your mind about dealing with the highs and lows of early parenthood (bottle feeding, combination feeding, introducing solid food, sleep, returning to work, emotionally adjusting to motherhood). We also have a comprehensive library, including evidence-based books and leaflets on infant sleep and introducing solid foods.
Clean play-mats and toys for young babies are provided.
Please note we do not currently have a sling library operating.
What age range is the group aimed at? Newborn up to crawling babies. This is to keep the group as a low key, safe space for parents to feel comfortable bringing very young babies. We are always happy for you to come back and visit if you need support on your breastfeeding journey beyond this period though. We will try to keep your wait to a minimum and our volunteers are happy to help occupy them if we have capacity, but you may want to bring something with you for them to play with.
Do I need to book? No the group is a drop-in session. However if you would like to speak with our lactation consultant pre-booking via OBS is strongly recommended. This can be done at http://www.oxbreastfeedingsupport.org/index.php/services/inperson
Can I bring my other older children? If you need feeding advice it is fine to bring older siblings if necessary, however we are sorry we are not really set up to keep them entertained on a regular basis.
Can I bring my partner/mum/friend? It is fine to bring someone along for support if needed.
Can I attend before my baby has been born? Yes, bumps are more than welcome.
Are refreshments provided? Tea/coffee in lidded cups (decaffeinated and dairy free options available) and cake.