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Breastfeeding Welcome?

Hello all!

Tomorrow we will be having one of our monthly discussion/chat sessions and we’re going to be talking about ways to make things easier when out and about with little ones.  We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic so come along to group tomorrow.  untitled

One of the things we’re hoping you would like to get involved in is getting your favourite cafe/ hairdresser/ library etc to sign up to the Welsh Assembly Government‘s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.

As breastfeeding mums we have the legal right to feed our babies wherever they may need food without being asked to move or be disturbed.  However, we know in practice that not everyone feels comfortable feeding in public, especially in the early weeks, and that’s where the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme comes in.

At the moment Caerphilly is the area with the least number of premises signed up to the scheme.  Here’s some info from Health Challenge Caerphilly‘s website:

Breast feeding Welcome scheme

This is a Welsh Assembly Government initiative and all premises that welcome mothers to breastfeed at their establishment whether it be a café, leisure centre or library can sign up to the scheme. If you would like to nominate a café, library etc please contact Andrea Bevan tel. 02920 887046 or Jane Moss tel. 01495 241215 to discuss how to proceed.

The following premises have signed up across the borough

  • Blackwood Community College
  • Blackwood Comprehensive Cefn Road,Cefn Forest, NP12 12R
  • Caerphilly Leisure Centre Virginia Park Caerphilly Park. CF83 3SW
  • Cyber Café S t Ivor’s Road, Pontllanfraith. NP12 2JH.
  • Funtastic  Forward House, Western Industrial Estate, Caerphilly CF83 1BQ
  • Kidz Fun Unit 11, Caerphilly Road Industrial Estate, Caerphilly Road, Ystrad Mynach. CF82 7EP
  • The New Continental Café 49 Hanbury Road, Bargoed. CF81 8QT

What we would love to do is see this list grow and grow and grow.  Fancy being part of something big and making a real difference for other breastfeeding mums in our community?

Come along tomorrow and find out more 🙂


Full circle cancelled today due to snow

Hello all!

Really sorry to cancel at short notice but we have taken the decision not to run full circle today. The snow has come down quite quickly and suddenly so although we hate to cancel group we think it’s the safest decision. Catherine from Tiny Talk was coming to do a demo class, which I know lots of you we’re looking forward to. We will reschedule ASAP.

Enjoy the snow. Keep warm and we will see everyone next week.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

Party! Party! Party!

Thanks to everyone who came and joined in the celebrations today.  It was crazy but great fun!
Tots Play Emma was amazing as always and big thanks to Dean, our knight in shining armour, who stepped in to help us out with photos at the last minute.
Next week the man in red himself is coming and Dean has very kindly agreed to come along and take some more pics of small (and not-so-small) ones with santa – if you fancy it.  Mince pies and cuppas will also be making an appearance 🙂
All of the photos from today and next week will be available to buy and to have made into keyrings/ magnets etc via Dean early in the new year (with a percentage of sales coming back to full circle to make sure the group will be here for Christmas madness next year – and hopefully many more to come too!).
NB.  If you would like your little one to get a present from Santa please bring something wrapped and clearly labelled (FC’s eyesight is not what it was) and we will get the elves to pop it into the sack before he makes his big entrance.  Can’t wait!!

Last week to collect Echo Wish Tokens for Full Circle

Flag of Wales

Flag of Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the last week you can collect tokens for WISH ’12! Thank you to everyone who has been collecting them for Full Circle.  It means we will get a share of the £25,000 good causes pot and enable us to buy some much needed new toys and foam squares for the little ones to play with.  I just had this reminder email from Victoria at the Echo…

In tomorrows Echo (Wednesday 14th November) we will be printing our final round of BONUS TOKENS!!
This is the last time there will be an extra 20 tokens up for grabs so don’t miss it!
The very last Wish tokens will be printed in Saturdays Echo. You then need to collect all your token booklets and sheets together, whether full or partially complete, ready for counting.
Once you have collated all your tokens, complete the final entry form, indicating the total number of tokens you have collected and submit to us by 5pm on Monday 7 January 2013. You will then be allocated your share of the Wish prize pot, according to the number of tokens you have submitted. The higher percentage of tokens you have, the higher percentage of the prize pot your group will receive. The results will be announced in a special supplement in the South Wales Echo in January 2013. You will then be sent a cheque for the final amount.
Good luck!

Change of venue for 30th October – please spread the word

A shot of a pumpkin, focused on its stem.

CHANGE OF VENUE for Tuesday 30th October!!!

The Community Centre has an art exhibition all week during half term so we are moving to Rascals Club House in Bedwas.  They have said we can have one of the party rooms for free which is great but there may be an entry fee (depending on age of your baby) It will be the half-term holiday, so the prices would be:-

Grown-Ups – FREE,
0 – 11 Months – FREE,
12 – 18 Months – £2.95,
19 Months – 2 Years – £3.95, and
3 Years and Over – £4.95.

They have plenty of equipment and toys for all ages. This was going to be our Halloween week so do feel free to dress up your little pumpkin (or not) if you like.  We won’t be doing any craft as we’ll be in Rascals but hopefully the play equipment will make up for it.  Breastfeeding support will be available as always in the party room and we will be meeting at the same times (1-3pm).  Hope to see you there!!

Please help us collect tokens for the Echo’s Wish Campaign

Who gets the Echo?  Or knows someone who gets the Echo?  Or runs a shop or business/ knows someone who runs a shop or business or similar where people may come who get the Echo?  Ok, you get the idea.


Full Circle has been chosen as one of the community groups to take part in the Echo’s Wish Campaign – all getting a share of £25,000.  All we need to do is collect as many tokens as possible to raise funds for the group….


Tokens will be in the paper from Weds 3rd October to 17th Nov.  All you need to do is collect them while the campaign runs and then at the end either drop them in to group or we will collect them from you.  Email us if you can help.  It would be great for the group to get some extra money in to help pay for our running costs and hopefully get some new foam squares for the children.  Even if it’s just one token we would love to have it!!


We have a supply of posters and collection books.  If you can display a poster or are a regular Echo reader and could fill a collection book please please please do it!!!




For more about the Wish Campaign visit


Big Latch On Done!

The Big Latch On

The Big Latch On happened today with Full Circle and Latch On joining forces to host the event (from more please see our previous post).

We had a great turnout (especially considering the minimal notice and chickenpox epidemic) with 9 latches recorded for the record and almost 30 people coming along to enjoy lots of homemade cake and a cuppa.  Result!!!  Next year will be even bigger and better – and more organised 😀

I was too busy timing the latch to film while we were latched so to speak so the video is from just after.  We had some lovely people taking photos of the latch itself so more of these to follow later.  I should have taken a photo of our cake table because that was an amazing display. Oops!

A massive thank-you to everyone who came, including our independent witnesses and everyone who helped spread the word.

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2012

Breastfeeding symbol

Every year in the UK we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, generally held in the last week of June (this year it is 24th-30th).  The government withdrew funding for this event a couple of years ago but many breastfeeding support groups and other public health and breastfeeding organisations still put on events.  The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers have a page where people can post things that are happening in their local area.

Full Circle Breastfeeding Support are collaborating with Latch On and other mum-to-mum support groups in the South Wales area to create breastfeeding walls of love featuring contributions from people who love breastfeeding and their reason/s why.  These displays are then going to be taken around prominent venues in the local community raising awareness and spreading the love.  We think it’s a lovely idea but to make it really effective we want as many contributions as possible.

All you have to do to take part is complete this sentence “I ❤ (I mean heart but I can’t do it properly on here sorry) breastfeeding … “

We have already received some gorgeous ones including one from a dad of a breastfed baby who wasn’t keen on breastfeeding at first and one from a mum whose premature baby was seriously ill and donated breastmilk saved his life.  We have also had pictures and other innovative responses.  Please feel free to be as creative or as straight-to-the point as you like.  All submissions will be gratefully received.

I will post photographs of the walls of love during BAW.

All you need to do it post your responses in the comments section below or via twitter @patchwork_mama.

Thank you!!!!!!!

* ALSO for all of you breastfeeding lovers in the South Wales area (or further afield if you fancy a road trip) there is going to be a breastfeeding morning picnic and mass feed (babies permitting) in RoathPark, Cardiff (by the rose garden or in the cafe if it rains) at 10am on Sunday 24th of June.  Look for the Full Circle and Latch On banners (and hopefully the hoardes of people). The walls of love will be on display too and you can add to them in person.  It would be great to get as many people as possible there so feel free to spread the word.

Weaning your breastfed baby

Pancake race London

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Good morning all!

It’s pancake day today and, as our little ones are a bit small to be tossing pancakes, I thought we would do the next best thing (!?) and talk about weaning in today’s meeting.  We will be asking (and hopefully answering):

  • What does it mean?
  • What are the current guidelines (and why do we have them)?
  • Traditional or Baby-led?

There will be chance to ask questions and share our own experiences, as always.  See you there!

Love is in the air…

Author: Bagande

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Ok, so it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow and whether you love it (wonderful opportunity to shower your nearest and dearest with gifts and words of love) or hate it (thinly disguised ploy to exploit the loved up and gullible, and make people not in a relationship feel crap) this year we will be celebrating it full circle style.

Annie has crafty stuff for the smalls (and the bigs if they wish) to make Valentine cards for their significant others (dads, friends, whoever).

We will be talking about what we luuuurrrvvee about breastfeeding (and we may also be mentioning some things which we don’t love about it – like your boobs no longer being your own).

There will also be chocolate, cake and the usual tea, coffee and fruit.

Come and celebrate with us!