New ‘Baby Café’ in Albany brings pregnant, nursing parents together

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There’s now a place in Albany where new moms can get professional breastfeeding and lactation support – all for free.

St. Peter’s Health Partners opened its “Baby Cafe” in the Albany Housing Authority on South Pearl Street.
It’s a place where pregnant and nursing moms can share tips and techniques, and socialize with other moms. New moms know those connections are so important.

Free assistance is also available from certified lactation specialists and peer counselors.

“We also know that parents don’t have a lot of support. We kind of lost those family ties that we used to have generations ago. So what we’re trying to do is fill in the gaps there,” said Stephanie Avienu, a lactation consultant.

The café will be open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.