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


Plunket welcomes more paid parental leave

Plunket welcomes more paid parental leave

The Government's decision to extend paid parental leave from 12 weeks to 14 weeks is being welcomed by the Plunket Society.

"This is great news for New Zealand mums because it will give women more opportunity to take up, and continue breastfeeding their babies for longer," says Angela Baldwin, Plunket's General Manager of Clinical Services.

"The changes to paid parental leave are definitely a step in the right direction, and will hopefully encourage more employers to pave the way for their employees to continue breastfeeding after returning to work."

Angela Baldwin says there is a growing awareness amongst health professionals of the link between breastfeeding and physical and emotional development rates in young children.

"The evidence shows that an increase in breastfeeding rates could ultimately lead to fewer health problems in our young children such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

"And it goes without saying that breastfeeding is part and parcel of a strong mother-child bond."

Plunket has long been a strong advocate of encouraging an increase in breastfeeding rates.

"We congratulate the Government on the family-friendly changes made to the paid parental leave scheme. These changes mean healthier babies and healthier mums - which is truly a win for all New Zealand," says Angela Baldwin.

For breastfeeding support in your area contact your Plunket Nurse, midwife or La Leche.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>