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Māori and Pasifika women’s experiences of breastfeeding across the South Island

The aim of this research was to better understand Māori and Pasifika mother’s experiences of breastfeeding and to identify improvements that could be made to ensure their experience was equitable, high quality and best value.

The voices of women in this project illustrates that it ‘takes a village to breastfeed,’ surrounding oneself with a support network that is able to ‘mother the mother’. This is identified in the South Island as the most protective factor for women to be able to successfully breastfeed.

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