Purler of an idea to raise funds for Warrnambool's breastfeeding centre

Mini models Finbar Smith, 18 weeks, Peter Fry, 15 months, and James Peck, 19 weeks, promote a beanie fund-raiser for Warrnambool’s breastfeeding centre.

Mini models Finbar Smith, 18 weeks, Peter Fry, 15 months, and James Peck, 19 weeks, promote a beanie fund-raiser for Warrnambool’s breastfeeding centre.

BABY it’s cold outside. The present cold winter temperatures have prompted a novel fund-raiser by the new Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre.

It wants people to knit, crochet or felt beanies that will not only keep babies warm this winter but also help meet the centre’s costs.

Centre committee member Barbara Glare said it wanted people to donate the baby beanies so it could sell them at its centre at 79 Liebig Street and at the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s “Liquid Gold” conference to be held in Melbourne on August 1-3.

Ms Glare said adult beanies, scarves, blankets and booties were also wanted for the fund-raiser. 

Donated items should be left or mailed to the centre by July 30. Ms Glare said the centre had received a great reception from mothers since it opened in late May.

Open from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, it offers mothers a place to breastfeed, warm up a bottle and take children to the toilet.

Its breastfeeding area and toilet were pram-accessible from the Ozone car park, Ms Glare said.

A drop-in day on Thursdays was popular and offered mothers private consultations with a lactation consultant.

Ms Glare said the consultants could also help with issues such as sleep and settling babies, sore nipples, buying a breast pump, and expressing and storing breast milk.

Funds from a conference in 2013 helped set up the centre and another conference, titled ‘Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding’, will be held in Warrnambool on February 20-22.

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