A national survey has found that more than half of babies are breastfed for less than one month despite guidelines which recommend only breastmilk for the first six months.
Western NSW Local Health District’s Hayley Vaughan is part of a team distributing resource kits to early learning and childcare services in Orange this week, in an attempt to equip new parents.
“Factors for good health are complex, though breastfeeding contributes to better infant health outcomes,’ Ms Vaughan said.
The resource kits include information for families, training activities for educators and information on useful resources.
Yarrawong Children’s Centre will make the kits available to newly enrolled families this week.
Yarrawong’s Jodie Stewart said as there are a large number of infants under 12 months of age attending early childcare services, staff are in a unique position to improve health outcomes.
“Educators play an important role in facilitating the continuation of breastfeeding for those mothers who wish to when their child starts in care,” she said.
Yarrawong co-ordinator Heather Brady said they are a breastfeeding friendly service that supports families with whichever feeding option they choose for their child.
Kits are available now.