Waikato DHB supports and promotes breastfeeding in the Waikato.
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For breastfeeding help
- Plunketline Freephone - 0800933922
- La Leche League Waikato HELPLINE txt 0277813674
Check La Leche League Facebook page to PM a breastfeeding counsellor: Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Cambridge: https://www.facebook.com/lllhamiltonnz
Or website: www.lalecheleague.org.nz to find a contact number near you
Or email: email@example.com
- Healthline Freephone: 0800 611 116
- NZ Lactation Consultants Freephone: 0800 452 282
- River Ridge East Birth Centre Breastfeeding clinic resumes Wed 17 Jan 2018 (call reception to make appointment 07 839 0425)
Breastfeeding at Waikato DHB facilities
- All our facilities are breastfeeding friendly.
- At Waikato Hospital we have a breastfeeding pod in the Meade Clinical Centre for women who prefer more privacy or need a confined space to manage other children while they breastfeed.
Breastfeeding in public
- Women are able to breastfeed their baby anywhere, anyplace, anytime.
- In Hamilton signage is available to assure you of a venue’s support of breastfeeding within their premises – this signage is beginning to be seen throughout the Waikato.
- The right to breastfeed in public is protected as a human right under the Human Rights Act 1993
Breastfeeding at work
Breastfeeding women returning to work can continue to breastfeed. Many mums have gone back to work and kept breastfeeding their babies. Important to successful breastfeeding on return to work is:
- having enough maternity leave for mums to get breastfeeding established – best to take at minimum 14 weeks and preferably slightly longer if possible.
- employers making it easier for women by providing time and a place to breastfeed or express and store milk.
- colleagues can also support you while you are breastfeeding – it is not always easy to balance work and being a new mum.
- knowing that getting back to work can change established feeding and sleep patterns - it is important to be patient and to ask for help from knowledgeable friends and family until patterns are re-established.
Breastfeeding at work is protected by employment legislation (Employment Relations Act 2000). By law, as far as reasonable, employers are required to
- give you unpaid breaks to breastfeed your baby or express milk at work.
- provide you facilities to do this.