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Celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th August 2017) is about celebrating how breastfeeding gets us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.
Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids the survival of infants and helps them thrive, has long-term health benefits for women, yields economic benefits and enhances the wellbeing of all.
The challenge for champions of breastfeeding is to translate globally agreed policies to positive action in our communities; such as:
- encouraging workplaces to become breastfeeding-friendly;
- providing mother-to-mother support and encouragement to help mothers breastfeed; and
- raising awareness on how breastfeeding contributes to a reduced carbon footprint.
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby
Breast milk is a natural, renewable food that is produced and delivered without pollution, packaging or waste. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby because:
- it’s all that your baby needs to eat and drink for about the first 6 months,
- it helps to protect your baby against colds, tummy bugs, infections and allergies, and
- it helps your baby to feel safe and secure.
Breast milk is especially important for premature and critically ill babies. The Christchurch Human Milk Bank helps mothers who are unable to provide their babies with enough milk due to maternal illness, medication or low milk supply.
Breastfeeding is perfect for mothers too
Breastfeeding is perfect for you too because:
- it gives you a chance to rest while you are feeding your baby,
- it helps you to feel close to your baby,
- it saves you time,
- it’s free, and
- it may reduce your risk of some cancers and bone disease.
Breastfeeding is an important element in global health
The world’s leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. These goals are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Breastfeeding is linked in several ways to these goals, including:
- Being a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children.
- Providing high quality nutrients and adequate energy and can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity.
- Providing all the water a baby needs, even in hot weather. Formula feeding requires access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.
- Safeguarding infant health and nutrition in times of adversity and weather-related disasters due to global warming.
Source: World Breastfeeding Week website.
Support cancer patients in your region this Dry July
Almost 2,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer each month. Dry July encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of July and raise funds for cancer patients and their families and carers.
Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations across New Zealand, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing. Some of the ways your fundraising will help cancer patients and their families could be:
- a comfier chair during treatment,
- a brighter waiting room,
- a lift to an appointment, or
- a complimentary massage.
Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!
Top tips for going Dry this July
- Donate to yourself to show others you’re committed.
- Create a team with friends, family or work mates. Strength in numbers is key.
- Focus on the cause to keep you strong.
- Change your diet and increase your exercise routine to get the maximum benefit.
- Don’t be shy about your Dry July! Tell everyone you know you’ve signed up to Dry July. That way when you start to receive donations you have to commit and can’t back out.
- Be the Designated Dryver to your mates… and get them to donate to your taxi service.
Source: Dry July NZ website.