A BABY CAFE has been launched in Huddersfield.
It is to support the annual National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which ends on Sunday.
The drop-in centre has been set up at Fartown Health Centre, Spaines Road.
It is for breastfeeding mums and pregnant women, who want to know more about breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for mother and baby, but many women have difficulties which make it hard for them to continue.
About 70% of mothers in the UK choose to breastfeed.
But of these, 20% give up in the first two weeks of their babies' lives and a further 20% have stopped by six weeks.
The baby cafe aims to help women overcome breastfeeding difficulties, so that they can be supported to breastfeed as long as they want to.
Pregnant women are welcome to go along if they want information and advice about their feeding choices.
Partners, friends, family and other children are also welcome.
Claire Fox, an infant feeding adviser, said: "Many women encounter difficulties which make it hard for them to continue breastfeeding.
"Nine out of 10 women stop breastfeeding before they wish to do so.
"With the correct support and information, many of the difficulties women experience while they breastfeed, can be overcome," she said.
The cafe was opened by Sue Greig, a mother-of-two and the deputy director of public health for Huddersfield South and Central primary care trusts.
Lisa Samwill, health project co-ordinator for Sure Start in Deighton and Fartown said: "We want women to come along, talk to other mums, have a coffee and gain support from breastfeeding specialists, in a warm, welcoming environment.
"We have a range of books, videos and information. We also offer consultations in a private room and baby-weighing facilities."
The cafe, which serves refreshments to mothers, has been launched by Huddersfield Central Primary Care Trust, the National Childbirth Trust and the Calder- dale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
It will be open every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 1pm to 3 pm.
Breastfeeding is best for babies because:
* Babies receive perfect nutrition for the first six months.
* Fewer breastfed babies get diabetes.
* Fewer breastfed babies get allergies, asthma and eczema.
* The mother is less likely to develop certain types of breast and ovarian cancer in later life.
* Breastfeeding can help with weight loss and pre-menstrual syndrome.
* There is no need for sterilising or expensive equipment.