Thousands of mums are set to take part in The Big Breastfeeding Café which has gathered support from a host of celebrities.

The likes of Giovanna Fletcher, Helen Skelton, Georgia Jones, Izzy Judd, Jessica Cunningham, Zoe Hardman have all championed the annual event which is now in its fourth year.

Eight cafes in the Gloucestershire region, including ones in Cirencester, Stroud and Dursley, will be hosting mini events on Wednesday, May 1 as part of the nationwide initiative led by breastfeeding brand Medela.

Over 200 mini events will take place to celebrate everyone’s personal breastfeeding experience – whatever it looks like.

This year, alongside cafes being hosted by mums in their own homes and independent coffee shops, the national chain Coffee#1, will also take part where events will be held in each of its 91 outlets.

The aim of the initiative is to inspire, empower and provide support to those who wish to, or are already breastfeeding – whatever their personal journey looks like and bringing parents together, the cafes provide a space for mums to share their experiences of breastfeeding, challenges, rewards and first-hand advice over a cup of tea and most importantly, a slice of cake.

Dads are also welcome to the cafes.

Speaking about being involved, a Coffee#1 spokesperson said: “Coffee#1 are delighted to be supporting the Big Breastfeeding Café 2019.

"We strive to create an inviting, inclusive space for everyone in the community and welcoming breastfeeding mothers every day is part of that. We’re really looking forward to the occasion.”

“The age-old phrase of ‘mum knows best’ rings true,” says Sioned Hilton, Medela UK’s Education Manager. “We are finding time and time again that, personal advice from mums who have breastfed themselves, is invaluable. We know that breastfeeding can be challenging, but we also know that a problem shared, is often a problem halved. Ensuring that all breastfeeding mums have a reassuring and supportive network is vital.”