PDH Staff Leading By Example In Breastfeeding

Monday, 3 August 2015
Portland District Health staff are leading by example when it comes to breastfeeding and helping to make breastfeeding normal in the community.

Seven PDH staff members are exclusively breastfeeding their babies, including some who have returned to work.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association Portland Group is working with SEA Change to increase participation in, prolong the duration of and make breastfeeding normal in the Portland community.

They are promoting the August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week event ‘Let’s Make It Work’ by providing opportunities to highlight the importance of normalising breastfeeding.

During the week a session will be held at Active Health Portland on Friday, August 7 from 1-3pm about what is needed to help mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months whether in the workforce, at home or in the community.

It will be presented by Australian Breastfeeding Association Portland Group members and counsellors Hilary Endacott and Angela McFeeters.

The free session is informal with opportunities to ask questions. More information can be obtained from Health Promotions Officer at Portland District Health, Lindy Stuchbery, on 55 22 1197 or email: lindy.stuchbery.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au.

“The session will help breastfeeding mothers consider the myriad of issues they face when going back to work,” Ms Stuchbery said.

There will be opportunities to hear stories from breastfeeding mums who have or are still working and breastfeeding, including some returning to work at  Portland District Health.

Ms Endacott said only 50.4 per cent of Australian infants are breastfed to six months and far fewer infants receive only breast milk for the first six months.

This is despite exclusive breastfeeding to six months being recommended by the World Health Organisation and Australian health bodies.

Exclusive breastfeeding means no other fluids are given.

A randomised controlled trial in Melbourne in 2004 found only eight percent of included infants received exclusively breast milk (no solids and no other fluids) to six months.

Ms Endacott said the SEA Change focus was welcome because breastfeeding is a normal, healthy lifestyle.

The Victorian breastfeeding guidelines 2015 goal is to increase to at least 50%, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months by 2025 to at least 50 per cent. The Glenelg region is currently less than 37 per cent.

ABA’s National Help Line is available for free and confidential support and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 686 268. 

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