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Thursday, 1st August, 2019

Alyce Craker with son Max (7 months) and Michelle Moore with son Jack (8 months) will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this week. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Alyce Craker with son Max (7 months) and Michelle Moore with son Jack (8 months) will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this week. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1 to 7 each year and encourages breastfeeding and improving the health of babies around the world.

Far West Local Health District midwives and Child and Family Health nurses work closely with families and are supported by a local lactation consultant, to empower, educate, establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age and beyond.

This year, WHO is working with UNICEF to promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most. 

This includes enacting paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave to encourage shared responsibility of caring for their children on an equal basis.

Mothers also need access to a parent-friendly workplace to protect and support their ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breast milk; and affordable childcare.

“Well women and babies who have uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth have higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the postnatal period,” Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Chelsea Anderson said.

“Women are supported by health care staff to seek assistance from their midwife, lactation consultant, nurse or GP when breastfeeding queries arise.”

For further information please contact the Broken Hill Hospital Maternity Ward on 08 8080 1386.

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