Sup­port for mums and car­ers

Alpine Observer - - Front Page -

ALPINE Health and Alpine Shire Coun­cil are work­ing to­gether to iden­tify sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments for breast­feed­ing mums, car­ers and ba­bies as part of an ef­fort to im­prove healthy eat­ing from birth.

Fo­cus groups with lo­cal mums and car­ers re­vealed that they feel more com­fort­able breast­feed­ing in venues that dis­play an Aus­tralian Breast­feed­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ABA)’s Breast­feed­ing Welcome Here sticker and that fur­ther pro­mo­tion of the pro­gram in the Alpine Shire would be ben­e­fi­cial to con­tinue in­creas­ing sup­port and aware­ness.

Alpine Health health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Katie Mur­ray is this month vis­it­ing venues across the shire with reg­is­tra­tion forms and stick­ers, to help venues sign up for the pro­gram.

“The Breast­feed­ing Welcome Here pro­gram was de­vel­oped by the ABA to im­prove com­mu­nity ac­cept­abil­ity of breast­feed­ing in public through the pro­mo­tion of breast­feed­ing friendly premises,” Ms Mur­ray said.

“These can be any­thing from a cafe to a hair­dresser, com­mu­nity cen­tre or a public li­brary.”

Venues can re­ceive a Breast­feed­ing Welcome Here sticker to dis­play that they welcome breast­feed­ing on their premises if staff and man­age­ment welcome it, if it is a smoke free en­vi­ron­ment, and if there is room for prams.

“It’s im­por­tant that our mums feel sup­ported to breast­feed in public when they need to, and that there are com­fort­able, warm places in our towns that welcome breast­feed­ing mums and bubs,” Ms Mur­ray said.

“Reg­is­tra­tion is sim­ple, tak­ing only a few min­utes and re­quir­ing only the ba­sic con­tact de­tails of the busi­ness to be sup­plied.

“Some venues may choose not to dis­play the sticker in their front win­dow but peo­ple can check for reg­is­tered venues on­line through the ABA’s web­site.”

Reg­is­tra­tion can be com­pleted by vis­it­ing www. breast­feed­ing. asn. au/ ser­vices/welcome or by con­tact­ing Katie Mur­ray on 0439 380 490 while ex­ist­ing Breast­feed­ing Welcome Here venues can be viewed at www. breast­feed­ing. asn. au/ ser­vices/welcome/venues

Fur­ther breast­feed­ing sup­port in the Alpine Shire in­cludes an elec­tric breast pump avail­able through the Ma­ter­nal and Child Health ser­vice.

To ac­cess this you can con­tact Dee McKer­ral on 0417 147 120.

WELCOME HERE: Denise Lowe with grand­son Tom out­side Six­pence Cof­fee in Bright - a reg­is­tered venue sup­port­ive of breast­feed­ing mums.

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