Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 16, 2018) – Baby Café, the café-style breastfeeding support center, is turning four-years old. Most importantly, the center continues to help more and more woman throughout the county and the region get the support they need to breastfeed their babies.
“Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for moms and babies,” says Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, Metro Health. “It is also one of the first and most important steps a mother can take to prevent obesity in her children.”
As part of its efforts to improve maternal and infant health, Baby Café seeks to increase breastfeeding duration. Among women who received lactation education and/or support at Baby Café, 97.4 percent initiated breastfeeding, 21.2 percent exclusively breastfed through the first three months of babies life, 14.8 percent exclusively breastfed through the first six months of babies life, and 70 percent breastfed some amount at six months of age.
“Baby Cafe is a diamond in the rough for breastfeeding families and I'm so glad we found it. They have definitely helped ease us through the first months of weight gain with our second baby, whether we needed a quick weigh-in or some latch help,” says Ian Chapman, a father of two and client of Baby Café. “They're also welcoming to us dads and the vibe is always relaxed and friendly while my wife nurses and our two-year old runs around. You can tell the staff really love kids. All that and it's free.”
The Baby Café model is designed to offer reliable care to all women with an emphasis on serving Medicaid recipients and low-income and uninsured women, with the goal of reducing health disparities and inequities in our community. During the past four years, Baby Café has provided services to 3,253 women, 91 percent of whom reside in San Antonio and 62.2 percent of whom were Medicaid recipients, low income or uninsured.
Additionally, Baby Café offers classes for parents addressing the following issues: Breast Pumps 101, Wearing Your Baby, Baby CPR, Car Seat Safety, and Maternal and Infant Nutrition.
Metro Health opened Baby Café to offer high quality services, at no cost to all women in San Antonio and surrounding areas of Bexar County. Metro Health’s Baby Café is a “stand-alone” facility centrally located in San Antonio. It is open Monday-Friday and select Saturdays of each month. Metro Health also has five Baby Café “Cluster” sites within the Metro Health WIC agencies. These sites are located at Metro Health’s Buena Vista, Marbach, Naco-Parrin, Rittiman, and South Flores locations, which are conveniently located to serve the west, north, east and south sides of town.
Baby Café works with community stakeholders such as Healthy Start, WIC, military parenting groups, pregnancy centers, hospitals and their maternity and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit wards, the local breastfeeding coalition, local health care providers, and other organizations and groups that serve new moms.
Baby Café is staffed with three full-time International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and one Trained Breastfeeding Educator. This staffing capacity gives Baby Café participants the opportunity to be assessed immediately by highly skilled breastfeeding experts, and when high risk breastfeeding concerns arise, the ability to quickly coordinate plans of care to meet the participant’s needs.