BREAST­FEED­ING ON THE IN­CREASE

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Breast­feed­ing rates in New Zealand are in­creas­ing slowly, ac­cord­ing to Plun­ket data re­leased dur­ing World Breast­feed­ing Week. In 2015 and in 2016 87.5 per cent of ba­bies aged between two and six weeks re­ceived breast milk, 1.5 per cent more than in 2013 and 2014. How­ever, the statis­tics also showed the rate of breast­feed­ing at 12 weeks was con­sis­tently about 10 per cent lower than the rate at six weeks. The health ben­e­fits of breast­feed­ing are sig­nif­i­cant and greater in­vest­ment in sup­port ser­vices to help mums breast­feed would im­prove chil­dren’s health out­comes. There is sup­port avail­able for mums, such as the 24 hour Plun­ketLine, La Leche and Plun­ket nurses and fam­ily cen­tres.

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