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Full Circle is moving!!

Hello all!

Today was our last day in our current meeting venue, the Twyn Community Centre.

Starting next week we will be in our shiny new venue – the newly built Caerphily Library (yes, just over the road from the Twyn). We have booked one of the meeting rooms on the top (second) floor. Meeting at the Twyn was excellent for location and facilities but as we have been offered the library room for free and it is directly opposite the community centre it seemed like a no-brainer to make the change. We can keep our costs down by moving which means we can continue to run Full Circle weekly and for donations.

Days and times are staying the same. So still Tuesdays 1-3pm.

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New website and online forum for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers benefits for both mother ...


Hi all! Just to let you know La Leche League GB (the breastfeeding charity which does most of our fab info sheets in the pink file in group) has relaunched their website. It’s got LOADS of handy links on there and also a mother-to-mother forum, which might be a bit quiet at first as it’s only just gone up, but will soon be a great place to ask and get answers on all breastfeeding topics. Particularly useful as many leaders (fully-trained breastfeeding counsellors) will be on there sharing their wisdom.


Perfect for those Facebook avoiders among us 🙂

Here’s the info they sent this morning…

La Leche League GB announces a new arrival…..

After many months of care and nourishment to ensure optimal growth and outcome, combined with consulting with those who were able to offer helpful information, LLLGB is proud to announce the birth of its new website.

LLL Leader Louise Bibbings has had overall responsibility for bringing this new being to fruition, ably supported by a small but dedicated team. At times it hasn’t seemed obvious to the outside observer that anything much has been happening, but, thanks to a lot of internal activity, the site has quietly been developing. Now it’s time to share the end result with everyone.

How to find our website

Go to

What will you find there?

• Information about La Leche League GB
• List of local LLLGB Groups with a postcode search function
• Suggestions of different ways to access breastfeeding support from LLLGB
• How to become an LLLGB member
• Breastfeeding Matters page with taster articles to read
• Link to LLLGB Shop and information about LLLGB Leaflets
• Up-to-the date news items
• Mother-to-mother forums
• Contact form for different parts of LLLGB
• Leader only section with useful LLLGB documents to download.

How to access and use the different functions

We hope our website will provide up-to-date news, support and information to mothers; in particular the new mother-to-mother forums. Mothers accessing the forums will need to create user logins for themselves.

We look forward to you visiting our new arrival and hope you will quickly feel at home. The early days of a new arrival are often a learning curve and sometimes unpredictable difficulties arise. This website had to arrive a little earlier than expected and time and experience will enable any problems to be resolved. If you have any further questions or need specific help use the website enquiries contact form.


Visit from local chiropractor Rachael Lewis

Was great to see so many full circlers there yesterday for the session with Rachael Lewis from Precision Chiropractic.

Look at our fantastic posture!

Look at our fantastic posture!

I hope everyone enjoyed Rachael’s talk, which I thought was very informative and useful – particularly as she spoke mainly about keeping our spines (and therefore our bodies) healthy during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, rather than just spinal issues generally.  I know quite a few of you had a chat with her about issues before she left too 🙂

The handouts and stretches were useful and I will laminate and keep a copy in our info sheet box for anyone who couldn’t make the session but would like a look.

If you would like to book a session with Rachael she is offering Full Circle members 50% off their consultation, making it a very reasonable £22.50.  Her contact info is on the Precision Chiropractic website.

Next week is drink, snack and chat plus the sling library will be making its regular monthly visit.  See you there!

Woooooohoooooo! We’ve been nominated for a national award!!! Please vote for us…

Exciting times!!  The nominations for the Annual What’s On for Little Ones awards are out and Full Circle has been nominated in no less that 3 categories!!  And, one of our group volunteers, Jessica Starr, has been nominated in the individual community volunteer category too.  This is amazing!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who nominated us 🙂  We are so grateful, and to be honest a bit blown away.

junior-awards-2013-blank-webThat is not where it ends though.  Oh no no no.  Now we’ve been nominated we would quite like to win 😀 To make that happen please go to the Awards Page and vote for us.  You’ll find us in the “Best Pre/Post Natal Activity“, “Best Local Activity for the Under 5s”, “Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group” and “Jessica Starr” in the “Most Outstanding Community Group Volunteer for children, babies or families” category (I still can’t quite believe that last one, you sneaky lot lol).

The competition is likely to be fierce (45000 votes were cast last year) so please, please, please click the link now.  It only takes about 2 minutes to complete the online form.  And please feel free to share with your friends.  Let’s get our little breastfeeding support group from a small town in Wales on the map (and win some goodies for the group too in the process).

This year the LIVE awards will take place on the main stage at BabyExpo Brighton – The South Coast’s Biggest & Brightest Baby Show and Family Fun Day which will take place on June 30 at Brighton Racecourse. By nominating or voting you could win 2 VIP tickets to join us for the awards on June 30, free tickets into BabyExpo and to mingle with all the finalists and winners along with other VIP guests at the Champagne Reception!


Caterpillar Music fun in Full Circle

The Big Latch On Comes to South Wales

The Big Latch OnOn the 1 – 7th of August every year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organises World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

To mark this occasion on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August 2012 at 10:30am thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.

This year the Big latch On is going international.  Full Circle and Latch On Breastfeeding Support Groups are joining forces to host our local Big Latch On, which will take place Friday 3rd August 10am-11.30am at the Twyn Community Centre, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL.

What is the Big Latch On?

Groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see if we can beat previous Big Latch On records or maybe even the world record!

The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.

The key to the Big Latch On’s success is allowing communities to hold their Big Latch On events, empowering them to create an event that relates to the people of their community, while still taking part in a worldwide event.

While Women’s Health Action/Big Latch On provides the concept, key resources and overarching co-ordination, communities hold their own Big Latch On events. One of the biggest delights of co-ordinating the Big Latch On each year is the feedback we get about the amazing diversity of ways in which the Big Latch On is celebrated and the follow on activities such as friendships formed and breastfeeding support groups established.

Aims of the Big Latch On

  • Support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.
  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available in communities.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding a normal part of the day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and the breastfeeding knowledge that is embedded in their communities.
  • Communitiies have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

History of the Big Latch On

The Big Latch On is originally from New Zealand. It was started by Women’s Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Each year, they have seen a growth in the numbers of breastfeeding women attending and an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public. The Big Latch On was introduced to Portland, Oregon, in 2010 by Joanne Edwards as a celebration for World Breastfeeding Week. In 2011, Joanne worked with Annie Brown and members of La Leche League USA to grow the Big Latch On across the USA.

In an effort to further strengthen the Big Latch On’s mission to protect, promote and support breastfeeding women and in recognition of increasing global participation in the Big Latch On, Women’s Health Action and the Big Latch On Global Coordinator Joanne Edwards have joined forces for 2012.

For more information about The Big Latch On in Caerphilly please get in touch via this webpage or on our facebook page (to the right of this post).  For more information about the Big Latch On generally and to find an event near you please visit

Come and join us for a cuppa cake and to break some records while raising awareness of breastfeeding in the community.  Let’s make this year’s Big latch On bigger than ever before!!!!

All Change!

Well our first meeting at our new time and in our new room went really well.  It was great to see so many people there.  We really hope everyone found the group enjoyable and helpful.  Please don’t be afraid to tell us if there is anything you’d like to see us doing (or not doing).  We are a new group and we want to make sure we are meeting people’s needs.  Feedback is much appreciate 🙂

Happy New Year! and a change of time

Hello all, welcome to 2012!

Just a quick post to let you know we are changing our group day and time (starting Tuesday 31st January) to Tuesday afternoons 1-3pm.  We are still at the Twyn Community Centre but have moved downstairs to the hall. This should make life easier for people with pushchairs etc (and for us lugging all the gear in).  We will now have access to the kitchen and the toilets are on the same floor.  We also have access to a small adjacent room which we can use if people would like to chat/feed in private.

We are hoping that these changes should make the group easier for people to access and we will be able to offer better facilities to those who attend.

Let us know what you think.

NB. We are having the last meeting at our old time, in our old room next Wednesday (25th January).  Come along.

Full Circle Christmas Party this Wednesday 21st December

Father Christmas (1991 film)

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Jingle bells, jingle bells!

Hi!  Just to let you know it is the full circle Christmas party this Wednesday at Twyn Community Centre, 10.15am – 12noon.
Father Christmas will be arriving a about 11 (depending on weather conditions and availability of Rudolph).  If you would like your child(ren) to get a present from father christmas please bring one with you – wrapped and labelled so we can pop it in the sack. 
There will be some festive refreshments available and the usual tea/coffee herbals etc.  If you’d like to bring a plate of something to share then please do, but don’t feel obliged, there will be plenty to go around.
As well as Father Christmas we will have some festive music and instrument playing (you may need earplugs) and lots of fun!
Dress your child up, or don’t, it’s entirely up to you.  Anything goes.
Older children are welcome too (same rules apply as above for Father Christmas’s presents).
Feel free to bring a friend.  All welcome.
Hope to see you there 🙂

Pictures (part deux) and next week’s meeting