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.
Breastfeeding is celebrated around the world every year from 1 - 7 August with World Breastfeeding Week. As part of the New Zealand celebrations, Women's Health Action runs the Big Latch OnTM. On Friday 2 August at 10.