Mums breastfeed babies at New Plymouth's Len Lye Center for 2016 World Breastfeeding Week

Mums Elizabeth Carter and Michelle Pigneguy fed babies Niko Colman, 4 months, (left) and Isabella Pigneguy, 5 months, in ...
Grant Matthew

Mums Elizabeth Carter and Michelle Pigneguy fed babies Niko Colman, 4 months, (left) and Isabella Pigneguy, 5 months, in unison at the Len Lye Centre to promote breastfeeding.

Dozens of mums became a living installation at New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre to kick off breastfeeding awareness week.

The 42 La Leche League mums gathered at the gallery to breastfeed in public as an act of unity on the first day of the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week.

Mothers Michelle Pigneguy and Elizabeth Carter sat side by side, babies latched on, and laughed about their difficulties in producing breast milk.

"The Big Latch On" invited mothers to breastfeed to kick off the start of the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week.
Grant Matthew

"The Big Latch On" invited mothers to breastfeed to kick off the start of the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week.

"We actually have an oversupply problem," the pair said.

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Both Pigneguy and Carter were fine with publicly breastfeeding, but said there were certain complications with over producing milk.

"I wear these pads called Super Soakers that help catch leakage," Carter said.

"It can really hurt. Sometimes milk will splash in my baby's face."

In order to combat their dilemma, the women say they "drain" one side at a time.

"You have to lean back to slow down the milk," Pigneguy said.

"You can actually see a difference. My husband said he can always tell when I've breastfed."

But, it wasn't a serious issue for the pair as they shared the funny quirks of motherhood.

"I'm going to make my husband try my milk," Pigneguy said.

"He said he would do a 'milk challenge' and see if he can tell a difference."

"He hasn't done it yet, but I'm going to try to get him to."

Pigneguy said the League helped mothers share tips, tricks and even funny stories about the impact their diet can have on their babies digestion. 

"I found out garlic makes my daughter gassy. I had eaten some garlic mashed potatoes and the next day her tummy was just rotten," Pigneguy

She said she was also able to share her knowledge about her daughter who was tongue-tied.

"It's actually quite common and I was able to share what I learned with the other mums," she said. 

 - Stuff

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