Breastfeeding During Unsettled Times

As a result of the COVID lockdown, Whānau Mai (Te Puawaitanga’s kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting programme) was no longer able to continue in its group format.  As it moved to an online format, videos were developed to readily deliver some of the course’s content.  CanBreastFeed did the breastfeeding sessions in the wānanga so Kelly…

CanBreastFeed’s First Newsletter

 Please find our first newsletter here   We are really excited to have developed our first newsletter and plan to make this a 4-6-weekly email-out.  If you would like to receive this as an email, please email us at canbreastfeed@omwwl.maori.nz and we can add you to our email list.

World Breastfeeding Week 2019

I write this on the last day of World Breastfeeding Week 2019. This years theme was “Empower parents, Enable breastfeeding”. We loved this message as it is one that is directed towards the wider community rather than towards breastfeeding families. We know breastfeeding families are aware of the impact of breastfeeding, because we have a…

The Big Latch On 2019

We are excited to announce that the 2019 Big Latch On will be held at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, 20 Buckleys Road, Linwood on Friday August 2nd. The event runs from 9:30am, with the big count of all pēpi breastfeeding at once at 10:30am on the dot. The Big Latch On event has been running…

Returning to Our Unsettled Dust: a presentation outlining how non-Māori systems, policies and people impact on Māori health outcomes and how this affects breastfeeding.

This is a presentation originally given at the La Leche League Health Professional’s Breastfeeding Seminar in Christchurch in October 2018. This link will take you to a video of it being presented at the Baby-Friendly meeting held in Wellington in November 2018. Thank you to NZBA for supporting it, for filming it and for providing…

Congratulations on your Breastfeeding-Friendly Certification Eastgate Shopping Centre

Eastgate Shopping Centre acknowledged as Breastfeeding-Friendly.   The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service is super-excited to announce that Eastgate Shopping Centre has just been certified as being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace. Breastfeeding provides a number of well-evidenced health benefits both to breastfeeding women and to their babies.  Women report that returning to the paid workforce is a…

Breastfeeding-Friendly UC

We recently had the pleasure of awarding the University of Canterbury Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace status. Breastfeeding is well researched and recognised as providing many short and long term health and wellbeing benefits to babies, mothers, families and communities. Today, for a myriad of reasons, many women are returning to work after the birth of their baby…

The Big Latch On 2018

The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service and the Canterbury Breastfeeding Network ran a Big Latch On Event at the McFaddens Centre in St Albans on Friday, August 3, 2018. The event was very well attended with 55 latched mothers and babies/toddlers recorded. We were fortunate to be able to offer more space this year allowing us…