Natures way to feed babies
Taking part in the Waihi La leche League-hosted Big Latch On on Friday was a way for one Waihi Beach mum to give back to the group.
Lisa Green, who attended the Big Latch On with son Elliot who is 22-months-old, said breast feeding was so important and she wished the league had been around 14 years ago when she was a teenage mum.
‘‘Even though my eldest son was breastfed until he was almost 4 years old it was scary being only 18 years old. It is great this time round to have so much support,’’ she said.
Waihi La leche League covers from Paeroa to Katikati and holds regular days where mums and babies can get support from like-minded people.
Green’s first son came down with mumps when he was 15 months old and she believes breastfeeding saved his life.
‘‘He was so sick and it was all he wanted, plus he had lots of me time and what else does a sick baby need but his mum,’’ she said.
Green is also a fierce advocate of breastfeeding in public.
She said she did it when she needed to and refused to cover her ‘‘actions’’ with a blanket.
‘‘Elliot would get quite scared, I think, if I covered him over to feed. He is such a good boy it would make the whole experience a trial,’’ she said.
‘‘Breastfeeding needs to be normalised. Most mothers don’t make a big show of feeding when in public, or any where else for that matter, it is a very natural thing to do,’’ she said.
In New Zealand breastfeeding discrimination is not legal.
Being treated unfairly because you are breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is a form of sex discrimination under the Human Rights Act.
The Human Rights Act says it is illegal for someone to stop you breastfeeding at work, where you are studying, on public transport, in govern- ment departments, in public places and in restaurants and shops.
The Human Rights Act lists all the areas of public life where your right to breastfeed and express milk is protected.
The Big Latch On kicked off the start of the 2017 World Breastfeeding Week celebrations. New Zealand mums and babies were joined by over 40,000 women and children worldwide taking part in the annual Big Latch On.
Lisa Green with her son 22-month-old Elliot.