Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Magic Day for Mums and Babies

2 August, 2019

Well over 100 Northland mothers were out in force today at venues around the region for Big Latch On events to celebrate Global World Breastfeeding week.

The annual event first started in New Zealand in 2005 by Women’s Health Action. In 2010 the rest of the world joined in, and it is now a worldwide peer support and community development event aiming to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding. Last year almost 40,000 mothers from around the world latched on over two days.

In New Zealand, thousands of women from different cultures and backgrounds gathered together at over 100 registered venues to access community and peer to peer support and to breastfeed their children.

Isis McKay from Women’s Health Action said they decided in 2014 to go online to respond to those mothers who weren’t able to make to a venue for various reasons and encouraged women to take selfies or 'brelfies' and add them to the Facebook page. The latch on count includes breastfeeding mothers and also those that bottle feed expressed milk.

Northland DHB lactation consultant Helen Wellington was thrilled with the turnout for the Whangarei event which officially saw 80 mum's latch on 10.30am.

She said the tally was good considering the stormy weather and trialling the new location at Clark Road Chapel in Kamo, which she said was the perfect venue for the mums and their babies. She was also pleased to see a lot more older children breastfeeding which shows more mums are feeding for longer.

Helen's daughter Kylee Parker has been organising the event for the past five years with Charlene Morunga. Kylee said they were overwhelmed with the support they received from local businesses who came forward to offer products for spot prizes.

Mum of three Angela Lewis said she calls Helen Wellington, her best friend because without her support, she would've never been able to continue to breastfeed after having issues with her two month old baby Julia.

Latching on has been a difficult journey for Angela and Julia, but with the support from lactation consultants at Whangarei Hospital at least once a day and then continual follow up with her once she got home has meant she is able to breastfeed. She also regularly attends the free lactation clinics to get ongoing support and meet up with other mothers.

Angela's first two children were born in the United Kingdom during her OE. She said having a baby here at home in New Zealand is an entirely different experience, with support throughout pregnancy, to the birth and after.

"Today has been magic. It's such a good community event that brings everyone together because sometimes being at home can be lonely."

Northland has consistently been at the top of New Zealand’s exclusive breastfeeding rates for mothers leaving our hospitals’ thanks to the hard work and support from midwifery, nursing staff, lead maternity carers and lactation consultants.

To support mothers to carry on breastfeeding after being discharged from hospital Northland DHB holds free lactation drop in clinics every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 2pm at Te Puawai Ora at 18 Commerce Street in Whangarei and Bay of Islands Hospital Maternity on Fridays from 10am until 2pm.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Passports And IDs Left Online: Privacy Breach On Tuia 250 Aplications

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage yesterday revealed it had mistakenly exposed the sensitive details of about 300 mostly young people online...

Technology commentator Paul Spain said while most of the information was gone from the internet, the question was who had accessed it while it was online.

"This could be a problem for them for months if not years to come because others are now able to impersonate them and they could do all sorts of things when they [can] pretend to be someone else." More>>


Cutting Tape, Rasing Super Age, Cutting Business Payment Times...: National's Economic Discussion Doc

National has today released its fourth Discussion Document, which focusses on the economy and outlines a range of policies that will help rebuild business confidence, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


NZ First Statement: Passing Of Pita Paraone

“On behalf of New Zealand First let me express our condolences to Pita’s wife, Elva, his three children and wider whānau,” said Mr Peters. “Northland and the people of New Zealand have lost a man who cared deeply for his people and country, and worked endlessly to make New Zealand a better country for us all.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: Why NZ Shouldn’t Try To Curry Favour With Trump

Dutifully, Denmark had lined up militarily alongside the US in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Syria and during the Iraq War. This means nothing. In a heartbeat, the current US President will trash any ally, and on the flimsiest of pretexts. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>





InfoPages News Channels