Baby Cafe Opens in East Lake to Support Breastfeeding

A second Birmingham Baby Cafe opened last night in East Lake to encourage and support breastfeeding with a combination of peer support and expert advice. The latest Baby Cafe will happen every Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at East 59 Vintage and Cafe. The first Baby Cafe opened in 2013 and happens every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. Elizabeth Sahlie, a pediatrician at the Simon-Williamson Clinic and one of the founders of Birmingham’s Baby Cafes, said the goal of the program is to increase breastfeeding, particularly among low-income and African-American women. Breastfeeding rates in Alabama are far below the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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