News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Parents Centre supports action on breastfeeding


Parents Centre supports action on breastfeeding

“The launch of an action plan to encourage more women to breastfeed their babies for longer is a constructive response to raising healthy children,” said Parents Centre president, Sharron Cole.

“Commonsense tells us that mothers’ milk is best. This is supported by scientific research, which has resulted in numerous reports on the health benefits for mother and child. It is, after all, the only food source which is truly dynamic in meeting the changing needs of a developing baby,” Sharron Cole said.

“It is good to see the Ministry of Health is taking the initiative and has developed a strategy to encourage more mothers to breastfeed. The recognition that health professionals play a key role in helping women to establish a successful breastfeeding regime is only part of the equation.”

“The early days after the birth are a crucial time in establishing the breast-feeding relationship. It is, therefore, vital that mother and baby are accommodated in Baby Friendly Hospitals, and not sent home before breastfeeding is established. The long-term benefits will recover the initial cost of longer hospital stays if they prove necessary, said Mrs Cole.

As well as encouraging baby friendly hospitals, we need baby friendly communities, in which breastfeeding mothers are accommodated. For example, women returning to the workforce after taking paid parental leave must be given time and space in which they are able to continue breastfeeding. The health benefits will result in pay-offs for employers in terms of less absenteeism. Breastfeeding is a win/win for everyone,” said Mrs Cole.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland