Phone: 07919 570707
Cradles was formed in 2005 in conjunction with Sure Start Erewash and the NHS Primary Care Trust. The group was created to provide a friendly and accessible service to mothers in the Ilkeston area, which aimed to help women with breastfeeding challenges. The first group of volunteers completed their training in July 2005 and began visiting local postnatal clinics.
One of the founding members recalls it was a struggle to come up with a name for the group. "We needed something that not only linked to the subject matter but also was easily memorable. Originally we came up with 'Bras' as bras support breasts, and we support mums. But we thought that was a really dreadful idea and that we ought to come up with something better. Cradles seemed ideal, you cradle your baby and we cradle you and the name stuck!"
Cradles Breastfeeding Group is a team of experienced Peer Supporters and mothers who volunteer their time to offer companionship and help to breastfeeding women within the local community. All of our Peer Supporters have breastfed for at least six months and have completed an intensive training programme facilitated by Derbyshire Community Health Services (NHS) following the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.
The weekly drop in sessions provide the opportunity for nursing mothers to meet in a friendly and sociable environment amongst likeminded people. On the last Thursday of each month, the first hour of the session is dedicated to antenatal, where expectant mothers are invited to join us.
Our phone line offers a one on one, confidential way of discussing any challenges you may face, or simply provide information on feeding your baby. Furthermore, we offer an interactive Facebook page where you can contact us, take part in online discussions and read specially chosen articles, topics and facts.
May 2014: We are delighted to announce that Cradles Breastfeeding Group has been chosen by the University of Derby to be supported by their Community Fund. The project serves to reach local communities, inspire others, to be innovative and to have impact within those communities. The funding will be used to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding during National and World Breastfeeding Week in June and August respectively and new equipment will be purchased to enhance the facilities we offer at our weekly drop in sessions.