Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens Support Breastfeeding Women's Rights

The Green Party supports the call of breastfeeding organisations to employers to provide facilities in the workplace to enable working mothers to feed their babies under appropriate conditions.

The demand is part of a global campaign to generate public awareness and support for breastfeeding as a part of fundamental mother's and children's rights. World Breastfeeding Week starts today in more than 120 countries all over the world, including New Zealand.

"While the breastfeeding decision is clearly up to the mother, there are a number of things that the Government and employers should do to protect, promote and support the right to breastfeed", said MP Sue Bradford, Green Party spokesperson on Labour and Childrens' Issues.

Ms Bradford said that New Zealand should bring itself into line with the ILO Maternity Protection Convention. Employers should provide: flexible work hours for mothers returning to work, including breastfeeding breaks, facilities for mothers to breastfeed or express and store milk, and satisfactory conditions for nursing babies while the mothers are at work.

"Every woman has a right to breastfeed her child, including women employed in the paid workforce", said Ms Bradford, mother of five. "I breastfed all my children, including twins, and I know how hard it is to cope when you don't have time, space or privacy to give babies a proper feed. If you are running back and forth to work there is little chance of sustaining breastfeeding past a few weeks," she said.



'I've also been concerned by Plunket figures which show that breastfeeding rates in this country are trending downwards at a time when we are all anxious over high child illness and mortality rates."

The recent review by WHO concluded that exclusive breastfeeding to six months of age confers many benefits on the infant and the mother.

"Let's meet the world's standards and help breastfeeding mothers to have their work and feed their kids without tears," she said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels