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

 

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

Theatre: The F Word: Sex Without The 'ism'

Sex without the 'ism' Okay, so the sexes are equal in the eyes of the law. What the F happens now? More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news