Breast­feed­ing mums latch on

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Fifty mums turned up with their bubs; 40 man­aged to latch on.

The 12th an­nual Big Latch On in Palmer­ston North, part of World Breast­feed­ing Week, was held on Fri­day morn­ing.

The new Big Latch On venue, Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Church in Pas­cal St, ac­com­mo­dated the mums, their ba­bies, nu­mer­ous chil­dren, or­gan­is­ers and 14 tod­dler-re­lated stall­hold­ers.

Or­gan­iser of the event, Liz Rick­etts from Com­mu­nity Birth Ser­vices was pleased with the turnout and its sup­port­ive carnival at­mos­phere.

Mum of three, Jackie Ed­wards, said while she had no breast­feed­ing hor­ror sto­ries to tell, ‘‘be­cause ba­si­cally I just ig­nore every­body’’, there were al­ways sub­tle pres­sures, mainly from other women, to stop breast­feed­ing.

‘‘You do get odd looks from time to time ... and from women. That’s what shocked me the most.’’

The older a child was, the more overt the pres­sure.

‘‘They say ‘if they are old enough to ask for it, they’re too old’. I gave up breast­feed­ing my second child at two, I didn’t want to [stop] be­cause I was get­ting the ‘it’s not re­ally ap­pro­pri­ate’ re­ac­tion.

‘‘So, with my third I made a de­ci­sion to keep go­ing.’’

Lac­ta­tion con­sul­tant Jac­quie Nutt said women with chil­dren over 12 months are often dis­cour­aged from con­tin­u­ing with breast­feed­ing.

‘‘No one should be told they have to breast­feed, but WHO rec­om­mends that chil­dren should be breast­fed un­til they are two. It’s per­fectly nat­u­ral and healthy, and it’s a shame if any mum is de­terred from breast­feed­ing at any time.

‘‘80 per cent of mums who give up want to carry on, but so­cial support from fam­ily, friends, and the at­ti­tude of peo­ple in the cof­fee shop, is lack­ing.’’

For Steph O’Con­nor, this was the third Big Latch On she had at­tended with the same child.

‘‘It’s con­ve­nient and so much eas­ier than a bot­tle. If peo­ple don’t like it, it’s their prob­lem. They could look away. It’s my choice, it’s good for him and he likes it.

RICHARD MAYS/FAIRFAX NZ

Hands up means latched on dur­ing Fri­day morn­ing’s Big Latch On.

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