The El Paso Baby Café® (PDF, 922 KB) serves the needs of women who are breastfeeding or are interested in doing so. It is a drop-in center, open twice or three times a week, free to all who attend with no appointment needed. Mothers support other mothers, and a lactation professional is always available if necessary. The idea is predicated on evidence that children who were breastfed as babies have a significantly lower risk of becoming obese later in life. Please see our article and photos in the El Paso Times (PDF, 46 KB).
El Paso, Texas, is a city of half-a-million residents which borders Mexico. El Paso has a young population: it is 85 percent Hispanic, with many first-generation immigrants.
The main partners of the El Paso Baby Café® are: Texas Tech University HSC-El Paso; Thomason Hospital; Texas Department of State Health Services-Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Program; El Paso City-County Health, WIC; El Paso First HealthPlans Inc.; Superior HealthPlan; SWABA (Southwest Area Breastfeeding Advocates); Medela, Inc.; Ameda, Inc.; The Paso del Norte Health Foundation-Begin at Birth Initiative; ESC Region 19 Early Head Start; AVANCE; March of Dimes; Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health; and Univision Channel 26.
The El Paso Baby Café® is licensed under the umbrella organization of The Baby Café Charitable Trust, U.K. The El Paso Baby Café recently was commended for "Innovative Promotion of the Baby Café" (PDF, 167 KB) by their umbrella organization.
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