I take Ash to our local Surestart for the playgroup every week. They are great but I would really like to be able to meet up with parents who are raising children like I am, e.g. baby carrying, baby led weaning, using natural nappies, co-sleeping etc. Most of the mothers who attend the group are not breastfeeding also so although there is support there is not a breastfeeding community as such.
I brought this up with one of the group leaders and said that I was actually starting to feel quite uncomfortable in the group as I am looked on as quite different and not *part of the gang*. (Partly this is my own shyness, which is getting better.) I said that I would love to meet up with parents who thought as I did.
She has spoken to her bosses and they have offered me the regular use of a room for a sling meet (for want of a better word!) They wouldn't be able to openly support the group as they can't be seen to be promoting one form of parenting over another, but we can use the facilities if I organise it.
I have said that I will go and do some research into whether anyone would come along... So I thought that I would ask here whether anyone knows people in Southampton and nearby who would be interested? I know that some of you live nearby and may have family and friends who may want to come along with their children (any age.)
We would meet perhaps once a week, socialise and talk about relevant things. We could share knowledge on our way of parenting and the problems we have come across. We could have a nice cup of tea! And we could make friends and have a support network of like minded people.
I am also going to make up posters and ring up relevant places, post on other websites etc (if anyone has suggestions for where then let me know.)