DHB lists breastfeeding-friendly sites

DHB lists breastfeeding-friendly sites

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014
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Laura Richards feeds Georgia, 2 weeks, at Rumpus Room while Charlotte, 4, and Natalie, 3, watch.

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Laura Richards doesn't have any problems breastfeeding Georgia, 2 weeks, while she is out and about, but admits some places are better than others.

She has been to places where she hasn't felt "hugely welcome", but doesn't have any horror stories, she said.

To help ensure women who are breastfeeding don't have any bad experiences, the Taranaki District Health Board has been compiling a database for 10 years, called Breastfeeding Welcome Here.

Rumpus Room, in New Plymouth, is on the list and offered breastfeeding mothers free cupcakes this week to mark World Breastfeeding Week.

Taranaki DHB health promoter Sara Knowles said the theme for the week was A Winning Goal For Life, which was based around the Football World Cup.

It's about the need for a team to breastfeed successfully, she said.

The team was made up of baby, mum, dad, family, friends and health professionals.

Many of the 60 sites on the database are North Taranaki cafes, Knowles said.

They are now trying to get more businesses involved, because statistics show show breastfeeding drops off after six months when women return to work.

"Breastfeeding ideal is up to and beyond the first year of life."

As well as the legal requirements, organisations wanting to be accredited with the DHB have to go a bit further with things such as being smoke-free, including outside, the women need somewhere to express milk and a fridge to store the milk.

Rumpus Room owner Huw Griffiths said the Taranaki DHB called him to see if he wanted to be on the list. They already had most of the requirements in place, including a separate room for mothers if they preferred to breastfeed in private.

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