Aug. 6, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
Friday the 3rd and Saturday 4th of August, thousands of Kiwi mums and children gathered at locations throughout Aotearoa to kick off the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week celebrations. Aotearoa happens to be in the lead when it comes to the celebration to promote and support breastfeeding.
We were joined by over 40,000 women and children globally who took part in the annual Big Latch On inititive to celebrate, support and promote breastfeeding.
Community groups and whānau from far and wide came together to host this event at Toll Stadium in Whangarei with 41 mothers & 45 babies’s participating in The Big Latch On.
Lactation consultatnt Helen Wellington talks about the importance of breasting and the benefits for both mother and baby. A couple known facts is that breastfeeding can help mothers to sleep beter and that it reduces the chance of pre-menopause cancer. For babys some of the long term benefits of breastfeeding is that it reduces the risk of heart disease, diaetes, obesity, ear infections and tummy bugs.