Plunket’s latest figures on breastfeeding, released ahead
of World Breastfeeding week, show New Zealand’s
breastfeeding rates for 2011 and 2012 are the highest
they’ve been in 19 years. Plunket clinical advisor Marianne Grant says that the
figures are great news for New Zealand. “Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are definitely
Proposed legislation to extend Paid Parental Leave to 6
months has the full support of New Zealand’s largest
provider of services to support the health and wellbeing of
children under five.
Plunket Manager of Service Development, Helen Connors, says
Plunket recommends six months paid parental leave to give
every child born in New Zealand the best start in life. “We firmly believe Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and
Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment
Bill deserves the opportunity to be debated through the
parliamentary legislative process.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the
wellbeing of children under five welcomes the Health Select
Committee’s current inquiry into preventing child abuse
and improving children's health outcomes. The purpose of the inquiry is to find what practical health
and social interventions can be made from before birth until
three years of age. In a joint oral submission to the Select Committee today,
with advocacy coalition Every Child Counts, Plunket
encouraged all political parties to have an investment
approach to children.
The importance of children’s car seats has been powerfully
demonstrated in Otago after a recent spate of accidents in
the region. “It’s great to see restraints being used. They have
definitely done their job in these cases”, says Sue
Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.