The UK’s first purpose-built breastfeeding café, The Milk Lounge, has opened in a second Nottinghamshire location thanks to funding from Enterprise Loans.
The café was set up by Charlotte Purdie in 2016 with a location in Arnold and after just a year of trading she has opened up a second location in Beeston.
Purdie said: “I originally set up The Milk Lounge because as a first-time mother I was really struggling to find a positive public place to breastfeed my son.
“The original concept focused on providing a safe space for breastfeeding but it has grown into much more than that – we are a really open café that caters and offers support for every type of parent and child.
“We really want to be an all-inclusive, go-to space for all parents so we offer classes such as child psychology – a course run by NG:She – alongside our regular baby massage, mother and baby yoga etc.
“We also serve healthy food options, as well as lots of homemade cakes, with vegan, dairy and gluten free alternatives.”
Enterprise Loans, an East Midlands finance and business support provider, has supported the business with start-up loans for each location.
Victoria Copestake, business development manager at Enterprise Loans, said: “We’re really proud to support Charlotte with getting the funds she needed to expand The Milk Lounge.
“The first loan helped to cover the legal fees and refurbishment costs of initially setting up the business, whilst the second loan – supplemented by capital from the success of the Arnold café – helped to buy all the furniture and cover some promotion around its launch.
“We can’t wait to see what the future holds for The Milk Lounge.”