Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87. 5% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.
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 rates in New Zealand are steadily increasing, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2013 and in 2014, 86% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received some breast milk, the highest rate since 1994. The increases are encouraging, however the statistics also show the rate of any breastfeeding at 12 weeks is consistently lower than the rate at 6 weeks.
A new Plunket antenatal programme is exceeding all expectations – for the parents taking part and for the volunteers who are the secrets to its success. Hosted by the Johnsonville Plunket Centre, the programme is the brainchild of Sandra Yeldon, a Plunket volunteer and President of the Johnsonville Plunket Committee. Determined to find a sustainable way of funding the increasing costs of operating the centre, Sandra researched and confirmed community demand for a reasonably priced antenatal class.
Plunket is welcoming the child hardship package of $790 million over four years in today’s budget as a step forward in helping children in New Zealand’s poorest families. As part of the government’s ‘child hardship package’, as of 1 April 2016 beneficiaries with children will receive $25 a week more. Families not on a benefit on a low income will receive up to $12.
Plunket is changing its car seat service and moving away from rentals and sales to focus on the prevention of unintentional injuries more broadly. As part of the changes, Plunket plans to do more to prevent children from being injured in and around the home, where most accidents occur. The charity’s car seat service, which has helped many thousands of Kiwi families keep their children safe when travelling in cars, will continue to focus on education and advocacy as part of the broader strategy for preventing unintentional injuries.
Plunket today expressed its concern over a new UNICEF report which finds the child poverty rate in New Zealand has reduced by just 0. 4 per cent since 2008. The report also finds the proportion of New Zealanders who state they don’t have enough money to buy food for themselves or their family has increased from 9% in 2007 to 14% in 2013.
Easter is coming up and while it’s bound to be a weekend of fun, we’re urging families to think about kids’ safety in the car this weekend. Plunket have come up with six tips to help keep your children safe in the car while travelling this weekend. 6 ways to keep your child safe
Take your child with you when you leave the car, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes.
Evenflo, manufacturer of child restraints has issued a voluntary recall notice for selected models of car seats and booster seats. This recall relates to seats with a crotch buckle that may become resistant to unlatching (undoing) over time due to exposure to various items such as food and drinks. Difficulty in releasing the buckle in an emergency situation where prompt exit from the vehicle was necessary could increase the risk of injury.
After reading of the plight of the Olivier family, whose car was trashed by vandals last Sunday, Canterbury Plunket Car Seat Services has offered to assist the family by providing a free car seat through its donation car seat scheme sponsored by Paul Kelly Motor Co. http://www. stuff.