Christchurch Mum Wins Breastfeeding Photo Competition
Deneille Bailey from Christchurch has won the Canterbury and South Canterbury category in the Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding photo competition. Second place went to Catherine Pottinger of Ashburton. Kim Sinclair, HEHA Service Development Manager for Canterbury DHB says the competition aimed to celebrate and support breastfeeding and in particular, breastfeeding in public. Over 360 entries were received nationwide.
“We’re thrilled that so many mums showed their support for breastfeeding by entering photos. They are sending a strong message to other women that breastfeeding in public is entirely natural. The proud looks on the faces of the mums who entered shows just how far we have come.” Deneille’s photo shows her feeding baby Dylan at beautiful Lake Opuha.
“Breastfeeding is a natural part of being a mum which costs nothing,” Deneille says. “It’s a great way to create a special bond with your child, and has so many health benefits too. I have loved breastfeeding both my children.” The breastfeeding competition had a regional flavour, with women invited to enter photos of themselves or their friends breastfeeding in public locations. Winners from eight regions have been selected by public vote and receive a prize pack and vouchers.
The competition is part of the Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding education initiative, which includes the display around the country of pictures of women breastfeeding. Kim Sinclair says breastfeeding gives baby a great start in life. “It helps them develop physically and emotionally and helps build immunity. Breastmilk can give babies a perfect blend of nutrients.
“It’s best for mum too. It reduces the risk of some breast cancers and may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and hip fractures later in life.”
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The winning photos can be viewed at www.breastfeedingnzphotos.org.nz.