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

 


Breastfeeding at work a real option for mums

Media Release

Date: 6 August 2014

Breastfeeding at work a real option for mums

Waikato DHB health promoter Jo Cottrell said she is delighted at the response to the 2014 Big Latch On breastfeeding events across the Waikato. Waikato DHB strongly supports the initiative and helps to promote it as part of Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).

Ms Cottrell said most people were much more accepting of public breastfeeding now.

“It is also important that women realise they can continue to breastfeed when they return to work. It may take a bit of organisation at first, but it can benefit the baby, the mother and the employer.

“This may mean having the baby at work, or at a nearby childcare centre, or even arranging for baby to come to the workplace at feed times. Most workplaces can easily be breastfeeding-friendly with a little bit of flexibility and creativity.”

Te Maia (25) returned to work when baby Anahera was three months old, with the support of her employer Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa. “It’s great having her with me. At five months she is really social.” Now Anihera is beginning to transition to care outside the workplace, however will continue to be breastfed.

Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa has found it works well for them too. Manager Roma Balzer said the organisation can keep skilled staff, and accommodating a baby is easy to do. “It creates a softer, more considerate environment and other staff respond really well,” she said.

“Having a baby is not a barrier – or shouldn’t be.”

More information about breastfeeding options in the workplace can be found on Waikato DHB website (www.waikatodhb.health.nz/breastfeeding) or on the Ministry of Health website (external link) and on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website (external link) – use “breastfeeding at work” in the search function on these websites.

This year the Big Latch On provisional total nationally was 1580 latch ons, the highest number since the breastfeeding event started 10 years ago.

Big Latch On is held annually under the auspices of Women’s Health Action, a New Zealand non-profit organisation, to promote breastfeeding. It relies on individuals and community groups to register official locations for the synchronised latching on of babies across New Zealand.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news