Breastfeeding celebrated

Special gift: Port Macquarie Base Hospital Nursing Unit Manager, Maternity, Sandra Eadie accepts the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s gift hamper from Hastings group Education Counsellor Alissa Powell.NEW mums and their babies will receive a gift pack this week in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.
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The Hastings branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) hampersincludeeducation resources, books, wipes, change mats and a baby blanket. It is the group’s gift in recognition of the awareness week, which focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding and provides support for mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.

The Breastfeeding Education Counsellor for the Hastings Group, Alissa Powell, said it was important to provide support to breastfeeding mothers if breastfeeding rates and long term health outcomes in Australia are to improve.

She added that it was also important to help breastfeeding mothers feel comfortable and accepted in society.

“World Breastfeeding Week is a fantastic opportunity to offer support, educate and demonstrate how breastfeeding contributes to the sustainability of the world we live in,” Ms Powell said.

“Societies promote lifelongwellbeing and sustainability when they support breastfeeding mothers. Our community can reach its goals by improving intergenerational education and our mindfulness of young families,even a few simple words of encouragement can go a long way.

“We encourage all mothers and carers to join our local group where they will find plenty of mother-to-mother support and resources to help them with feeding their babies and children, whether exclusively breastfeeding or not.

“We also provide access to trained volunteer counsellors, friendship to support young families and drive initiatives such as providing local businesses with ABA’Breastfeeding Welcome Here’stickers to show their inclusiveness of young families.”

Port Macquarie Base Hospital Maternity Nursing Unit Manager Sandra Eadie said breastfeeding helps provide babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health.

Australia’s dietary guidelinesrecommend exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months of age, with the introduction of solid foods around six months and continued breastfeeding until the age of 12 months – and beyond.

“Breastfeeding also benefits mothers by promoting faster recovery from childbirth, and reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancers in later life,” Ms Eadie said.

The ABA staffs a 24-hour hotline, 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 268) and provides email counselling, live chat, fact sheets and a range of resources through梧桐夜网breastfeeding.asn419论坛.

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