Infant and young child health feeding
ResourcesProtecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and ensuring the proper use of breast-milk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution.
Promoting public health policy and research:
Women’s Health Action works with health professionals, researchers, students, consumers and other NGO’s to encourage research, policies and media activities that support breastfeeding and ensuring the proper use of breast-milk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution.
Women’s Health Action has a range of breastfeeding information and promotional resources – click here for a full list of our resources
Infant and young child feeding network:
Women’s Health Action coordinates the Metro Auckland Breastfeeding Network. The network is made up of group of over 90 individuals and representatives from various organisations who share a common interest in improving maternal and child health with a focus on breastfeeding protection, promotion and support and provision of adequate information and appropriate marketing and distribution of breast-milk substitutes
The network provides a platform for the collaboration of health workers and other relevant agencies to help achieve provision of consistent, culturally responsive and accurate information, advice and support on infant and young child feeding,
Breastfeeding Friendly Environments:
We encourage supportive environments by working in collaboration with employers and communities to support women to initiate and maintain breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces:
We have developed a dedicated Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces website. www.bfw.org.nz ,it provides information for women returning to work including information on expressing and storing breast milk, women’s stories and guidance on negotiating with their employers. The website also provides information for employers including the business benefits of being breastfeeding friendly and information regarding legislation. It also addresses some common employer concerns associated with implementing breastfeeding friendly policies and practice.
Employers and employer organisation seeking support to implement breastfeeding friendly workplaces please contact us at email@example.com
The Big Latch On:
To assist with and support the Ministry of Health’s efforts to increase the prevalence and duration of breastfeeding, one of Women’s Health Action’s major initiatives each year is the coordination of the Big
Latch On. This key event helps to eliminate some of the social barriers around breastfeeding in public areas and raises awareness of support networks. This Women’s Health Action flagship event which started in 2005 has now taken off globally. For more information on World Breastfeeding Week and the Big Latch On go to About the Big Latch On
Breastfeeding in public:
Women’s Health Action works in collaboration with local and national networks to deliver breastfeeding promotional spaces at events such as the Baby Show and Waitangi Day festivals. If you would like to talk to us about organsing a breastfeeding space at your next event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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