FAIRMONT, Minn. — The Fairmont Area Baby Café, which opened in 2018 as part of a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, is moving to a new location.
Open 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Baby Café is moving Feb. 13 from Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, main classroom, to Fairmont Elementary School, 714 Victoria St. Open hours are not changing.
“Relocation to the elementary school allows Baby Café to be closer to Early Childhood and Family Education offices and services, as well as preschool, which include many of the same attendees of Baby Café,” says Amy Long, site administrator of Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “The location is more convenient for many of our moms.”
Baby Café combines breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and one another. Infants also can be weighed and assessed by certified lactation professionals.
“About 80 percent of women breastfeed their newborns after leaving the hospital, but almost 60 percent of those women are unable to reach their goals for breastfeeding duration because of challenges such as latching and low milk supply,” says Sandee Vaske, nurse manager for the Family Birth Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “Baby Café is staffed by professionals with lactation education and experience to help mothers overcome the challenges and meet their breastfeeding goals.”
Baby Café is a free resource brought to the community through a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, Martin County WIC and Community Health Services of Faribault and Martin Counties. The Café is open to anyone interested in any aspect of breastfeeding – prenatal women, mothers, partners and supporters – with the intention that all mothers will be able to access the information and support they need to breastfeed.
“We also offer pumping support to help mothers maintain their milk supply when returning back to work,” says Patti Kasper, registered nurse with Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties and board certified lactation consultant. “We are excited for the location change and the opportunity to reach more breastfeeding families. We are looking forward to strengthening our connections with the community.”
For more information, contact Vaske at 507-238-5038 or Kasper at 507-238-4757.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactAmanda Dyslin