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  • Step Up for Breastfeeding

    New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA), the NZ College of Midwives and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand have joined forces to remind New Zealanders that successful breastfeeding involves the whole whānau.

  • National SUDI Prevention Programme Evaluation

    Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the leading cause of preventable mortality in New Zealand infants. Māori and Pacific infants have consistently higher rates of SUDI compared to non-Māori and non-Pacific infants. The Ministry commissioned research in 2020 to better understand the reasons behind the number of babies dying from SUDI and identify improvements to the Ministry-led National SUDI Prevention Programme (NSPP). The NSPP is the latest iteration of SUDI-prevention initiatives.

  • 2021 Infant Feeding Data now available

    The New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) coordinates the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and collects annual infant feeding data at discharge as part of its contract with the Ministry of Health. This data is used to inform the BFHI accreditation process and is shared widely with the health sector to help inform practices that protect, promote, and support the initiation of breastfeeding

  • Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service - Infant Feeding in Public Survey 2022

    The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service is a health promotion contract managed by Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust. The service has been developed with the primary aim of supporting breastfeeding whānau, by working to remove the barriers to breastfeeding. Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust is a kaupapa Māori provider of a range of health, education and social services and a member organisation of NZBA.

  • WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive, postnatal experience

    The publication includes 60 recommendations to help shape a positive postnatal experience, including guidelines for breastfeeding counseling to aid attachment and positioning as breastfeeding is established.

  • World Breastfeeding Week 2022

    Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support

  • Embracing Māori birth traditions is changing the future for Northland famlies

    Ngā Wānanga o Hine Kōpū is a kaupapa Māori birth and parenting programme reframing how to tautoko wāhine hapū and their whānau. Ataria Sharman met three wāhine hapū at the Whangārei wānanga.

  • Waitaha Infant Feeding Resource launched during WBW 2021

    Guidance for Waitaha midwives in their support of Infant Feeding (Ūkaipotanga)

  • Share the joy of breastfeeding

    New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA), the NZ College of Midwives and the Paediatric Society have joined forces to remind New Zealanders that breastfeeding should be a shared responsibility.

  • Well Child Tamariki Ora Review

    The Government commissioned a review of Well Child Tamariki Ora in late 2018 in response to concerns about equity of access, outcomes for tamariki and whānau, and the financial sustainability of the programme. The Review was carried out during 2019/20 with input from Māori, DHBs, Well Child Tamariki Ora providers and Government agencies. A report on the Review was considered by the Government in April 2021.

  • Major health sector announcement

    The 20 district health boards which run services for individual areas around the country will be replaced by one new body, Health NZ, which will instead plan services for the whole population. Health NZ will have four regional divisions but also district offices. It will delegate authority to local levels so regional services have a say in what they need and how they work. There will also be a new Māori Health Authority, sitting alongside that, to both set policies for Māori health and to decide and fund those who will deliver services. The new Māori Health Authority will have the power to directly commission health services for Māori.


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