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Breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding section of the Ministry of health website provides extensive information on breastfeeding for mothers, supporters and health practitioners. It also provides breastfeeding information for employers and communities.

You can join Breastfeeding NZ on Facebook, follow mums experiences with breastfeeding and working on their blog and watch mums sharing their experiences with breastfeeding on YouTube.

 

La Leche League

La Leche League is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which offers information, encouragement and support to women who wish to breastfeed their babies. There are group leaders throughout New Zealand, qualified by their experience and training, group meetings and leaders are available by telephone to share breastfeeding information and mothering experiences.

 

The New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority

The New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority has as its mission to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Aotearoa New Zealand as the normal method of infant feeding. Their main role is to administer and oversee the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative in Aotearoa New Zealand; and work towards improving breastfeeding rates in New Zealand. 

 

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, of which WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

 

BreastFedNZ App

BreastFedNZ is a free mobile phone app which provides simple ‘in the moment’ support and information to help women and their babies, alongside their partners and support networks, complete their breastfeeding journeys from birth to weaning.

The app includes six chapters, all covering key phases of breastfeeding. Once downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, simply tap on the chapter you want and scroll down the index to find what you need. As simple as that!

The app has been written with a conversational style so it is more personal for the user. It includes personal stories and photos from mothers and their whānau throughout their breastfeeding journey, as well as links to other networks and organisations for further information.

The app is a joint initiative between the Midland District Health Boards and has had extensive input and review from a variety of health professionals throughout the Midland Region.

 

Breastfeeding resources

To order breastfeeding posters, pamphlets, dvds, stickers and other resources, visit the HealthEd website.

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