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.
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.
National Volunteer Week (21-27 June) is a chance for Plunket to celebrate the thousands of volunteers across the country, and the different ways they give their time to support families with young children. “Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’, and over a century later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families today,” said Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who give their time and their individual skills to help families in our region, this week and every week.
It’s official – Kiwis’ hearts are among the biggest in the world. The World Giving Index has ranked New Zealand as the world’s third most giving nation, behind the US in first place, Ireland in second place, and ahead of Australia in fourth place . Today, Plunket is calling for Kiwis’ to exercise their world-famous kindness – the charity is calling on people to give back to its community services, as part of global social media campaign #GivingTuesday.
Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five, is proud to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (Friday 1 August-7 August) in communities across the country, and on social media. Plunket people will once again support and take part in the Big Latch OnTM, an event organised by Women's Health Action as part of the New Zealand celebrations. On Friday 1 August and Saturday 2 August at 10.
Tuesday 17 June is the launch date of the Tick for Kids community coalition, of which Plunket is a member. Tick for Kids aims to make sure children’s rights, and interests are a central focus in the lead up to the 2014 election and into the next parliament. Plunket urges political parties to prioritise children’s access to good quality health services, housing, education and welfare to ensure every child has what they need to live a safe, happy and fulfilled life.
Thanks to the wonders of ‘social media’, the Plunket community can now be found in all corners of New Zealand and the world. Every day, hundreds of Kiwi parents and caregivers are talking online – to us and other parents – about the challenges and rewards of parenting. It’s proving a great way for them to get advice and support, and for us to get feedback and learn how we can be more relevant and helpful in today’s busy world.
Jeanette Adams-Schneider has worked for Plunket for the past 26 years. A trained Karitane Nurse, she’s part of the Plunket Community Karitane team in Wellington. I’m often asked why I’ve worked for Plunket for so long.
With nominations now open for the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, now is a good time to think about a Plunket Volunteer who has made an impact in your community. The awards not only recognise outstanding individuals, teams and organisations, but they raise awareness around the important and valuable role volunteers play. Last year’s award recipients ranged in age from 14 to 85, and their stories were wide ranging and very inspiring.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five welcomes proposed legislation requiring plain packaging of tobacco products. The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night and has now been referred to the Health Select Committee for public consultation. Plunket Clinical Advisor Elaine Gordon says Plunket actively support the government’s goal of halving tobacco consumption by 2015 and achieving a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025.