Thank you all for making The Center what it is today.
This supportive, growing, thriving community is exactly what I dreamt of when I opened the Breastfeeding Center almost 20 years ago, out of what many would describe as a closet at Columbia Hospital for Women. When the hospital closed I knew we couldn’t just stop offering this service, so I took a leap of faith and rented our very own space in downtown DC. We added free classes and breastfeeding supplies in addition to offering home and office lactation consultations. We grew and grew and more women recommended our services to their friends and then before I knew it, we were tight on space! So with lots of help from our community, we rented another suite to give our clients a more comfortable, welcoming space. And now, just 4 years after that expansion, we are more cramped than ever in our space on K St! So, as of July 2017, we will be moving to a beautiful, huge (!!!) new home just a few blocks away.
Our vision is to bring all our current programs over to this new space, give them all more room, while adding a few new things – a nursing lounge, a pumping room for moms in the area to drop by and use, a second classroom, and lots more consult rooms! If you have ideas on what you’d like to see in our new space, please let me know!
And if you can, please consider supporting the continued growth of The Center by making a contribution to our Building a Better Nest campaign. Just like each and every step along the way contributed to what The Center has become, each and every donation will contribute to what more The Breastfeeding Center can do for our babies, our families and our community in the years to come.
Big thanks to you all,
Pat Shelly, Founder, Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington