Plunket urges any business or organisation with public access to provide a supportive space for breastfeeding mums.
This week (1-7 August) is international Breastfeeding Week and Plunket National Advisor, Marianne Grant says “In many towns and cities around the country, mothers often struggle to find somewhere comfortable and indoors to feed their babies when they are out and about. Plunket would like to see cafes, shops, businesses, council buildings and government departments do their bit to give the next generation the best possible start in life.”
“Breastfeeding is a normal part of everyday life. We encourage any business or agency who has a suitable breastfeeding space to display a sign in their front window and note it on their website. Parents can also find the names of many cafes and public spaces that are accessible to baby buggies on the Be Accessible website.”
Breast milk is the perfect food for infants, providing all the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.
“Plunket’s goal is to see more babies being exclusively breastfed and extending the duration of breastfeeding. For this to happen breastfeeding mothers need a supportive environment.”
On 5 and 6 August, breastfeeding women and their supporters will take part in Big Latch On events, to promote and protect breastfeeding. “This would be a good time for businesses and other organisations to think about what they could do for those days, and to support breastfeeding women in the long term,” she said.