Breastfeeding helps lay the foundations of a healthy life for a baby and also makes a positive contribution to the health and wider wellbeing of mothers and whānau/families. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until babies are around six months. Breastfeeding is natural but sometimes it doesn’t come naturally so it’s important that mothers know what to expect and have support from their partner, whānau/family and health practitioners and others. This page links you to information and events that encourage and provide good information about breastfeeding.
Each year World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated from the 1st to 7th August. Each year a new theme is identified (our summary). For 2016 the theme is Breastfeeding: A key to sustainable development. For more information on this theme follow the link here (external link) .
Associated with World Breastfeeding Week, New Zealand holds a series of Big Latch On events coordinated by Women’s Health Action nationally. In 2016 this will occur on Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th August. More information available here (external link) .
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