Parents and caregivers are starting to ask Plunket why they can’t just give their babies cows’ milk instead of formula. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says that in days gone by, milk was given to babies under 12 months of age but it is no longer recommended. “International evidence now shows that whole cows’ milk is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age because it contains higher levels of protein and salt than are safe for babies immature kidneys.
Plunket says that the confusion that parents and caregivers have been experiencing regarding the current situation of potential contamination of infant formula appears to be slowly abating. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery says calls to PlunketLine are beginning to slow after a peak on Monday. “On Monday we had a 400% increase in calls and yesterday that reduced to a 220% increase.
Plunket is eager to help clarify the confusion that parents and caregivers are experiencing regarding the current situation of potential contamination of whey protein used in infant formula. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery say parents and caregivers are understandably concerned. “Plunket’s telephone advice line, PlunketLine, has been inundated with calls since the weekend and call numbers continue to increase.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) welcomes Nutricia’s recall of two lines of infant formula that may have been contaminated and is encouraging consumers to return any product they have or dispose of it. MPI Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher says the health of consumers is of the utmost importance and it’s critical that these products are recalled until contamination byClostridium botulinum can be ruled out. The recalled products are:
Karicare Stage 1 New Baby Infant Formula (from birth) – all batches
Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow On Formula (from six months ) – all batches
The recall does not affect any other Nutricia Karicare products.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says Healthline and Plunketline have geared up their resources to help keep parents and the public updated about recent infant formula recalls. Visiting both health call centres in Wellington today, Mr Ryall said the safety of infants and reassurance for their families was paramount. “Healthline and Plunketline have done a very good job advising parents and caregivers, and I appreciate the extra hours and effort the nurses are putting in,” Mr Ryall says.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is eager to ensure kiwi parents have all the information they need regarding the current situation of potential contamination of whey protein used in infant formula. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery says parents should follow the advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). “This is an evolving situation and information is being regularly updated.
It’s an interesting time for the paid parental leave lobby group, 26 for Babies coalition. On 19 September the draft law aiming for 26 weeks’ paid parental leave will be back in the hands of our politicians. Plunket recommends 26 weeks’ paid parental leave to give New Zealand children the best start in life.
Eight years ago, and thanks to the support of our donors, Plunket launched new mobile clinics – ‘clinics on wheels’ designed to reach out to families who, for any number of reasons, weren’t accessing child health checks or preferred not to be visited at home. The aim was to ensure that, no matter what their circumstances, babies and children could get the checks and care they needed, and parents and caregivers could access support, information and advice. Today the mobile clinic is an increasingly important part of the Plunket service; we now have four on the road, covering Northland, Waitamata, Auckland City and and Counties Manukau.
Plunket is in the first stage of the development of PlunketPlus – the new electronic information system – which will eventually see Plunket nurses being able to access the records of every Plunket child in the country, via the use of tablets. When developing PlunketPlus, Plunket wanted to do more than simply move from a paper based system to an electronic one. Plunket’s General Manager of Service Delivery Brenda Hynes says “Plunket will connect us in new ways with our clients and other service providers across New Zealand, and will transform the way we access information at the point of care with the children and families we work with”.
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.