Feeding your baby

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Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the best food for your baby.

Lactation Consultants can help with breastfeeding difficulties that cannot be solved by your LMC.
The Wairarapa DHB Hospital provides a free Lactation Consultant service.

Our lactation consultant is Yvonne Stuart (021 515990).

There are a number of other organisations in the Wairarapa region which provide support with breastfeeding.
Many are free of charge.

Click to see a list of Parent Support Services

New Wairarapa Breastfeeding support Group

Click here to find out more about the new mum-to-mum breastfeeding support group that is going to be in Masterton, Greytown and Featherston.

Follow breast friends on https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingWairarapa/

Alcohol and breastfeeding

If you drink alcohol while breastfeeding it will be passed to your child and may affect the baby’s growth and development.

Breast milk is the best, safest and most nutritious food for babies. The best advice is to avoid alcohol while breastfeeding, for the first few weeks. Remember that if you have one standard drink it takes up to two hours to for your body to process the alcohol in it.

Baby Friendly Hospital

Wairarapa Hospital has been accredited by the NZ Breastfeeding Authority (NZBA) as part of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).This means we are required to support new mothers feeding their babies, regardless of their choice. For those wishing to breastfeed we follow the Ten Step principles of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.

For more information on the initiative click here to see the website.

Local Support Services

Click the image below to see a list of local area services offering breastfeeding advice and support.

Breastfeeding Wairarapa