Breast­feed­ing brings lo­cal moth­ers to­gether

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Moth­ers from the South Waikato joined forces and at this year’s Latch On.

For the seventh year moth­ers met to breast­fed at 10.30am on Fri­day at the Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal Li­brary.

The idea was for moth­ers across the na­tion to breast­feed at the same time.

The Women’s Health Ac­tion­driven ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped 10 years ago in order to cel­e­brate and sup­port breast­feed­ing women.

Mother- of- four Sally Mil­lar at­tended the event for the sec­ond time to met new peo­ple.

The 37-year old said she does not of­ten see moth­ers out do­ing it so it of­ten hin­dered her con­fi­dence.

‘‘It’s the sup­port too, it’s a huge thing and it’s quite nice to see other peo­ple do­ing it as well and I think ‘oh I’ll do it for longer’,’’ she said.

Co-or­gan­iser Mereaumate Vano said it has come a long way since their first event when a mere three peo­ple par­tic­i­pated.

‘‘It’s mak­ing it ac­cept­able but I don’t know when it be­came un­ac­cept­able.’’

Vano said the idea to start the event in Toko­roa was prompted by low num­bers of Pa­cific Is­land and Maori women breast­feed­ing.

Vano be­lieves it was down to the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion women re­ceived.

‘‘You only get so much in­for­ma­tion from your doc­tor,’’ she said.

Well Child nurse May Thomas said it was mainly about the sup­port.

‘‘For the mums it’s about meet­ing up with other mums, know­ing that they’re not alone’’ she said.

Latched on: Mother-of-four Sally Mil­lar and six-month old Taonga-iti joined eight moth­ers for Fri­day’s Big Latch On.

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