Help and support for breastfeeding

Support for Mothers . . . Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland peer supporter Kyla Rutland holds 8-week-old Rosie Barbour in the new Baby Feeding Room at the Gore Kids Hub centre. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

A new baby feeding room has been launched in Gore.

The drop-in room is a initiative supported by Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland and Wellsouth Primary Health Network.

The room is at the Gore Kids Hub and will run once a week on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm.

Peer supporter Kyla Rutland said the room was available to mothers who needed information or support with breastfeeding.

“It really is for anyone. If you are pregnant, if you have a toddler or if you want to get more information about weaning or if you are heading back to work.

“It doesn’t have to be newborns learning to feed; it’s the whole journey and support for all of that.”

She was excited for the room to open, as the closest drop-in centre was in Invercargill.

“Travelling can be a big barrier for mums .. with little children and I think Gore is a big enough town that we should have our own.”

She hoped the location at the Gore Kids Hub would make the service more accessible to mothers.

Mother Kristy Barbour said it was wonderful to have a place where mothers could get support and build connections with the peer supporters.

“Luckily I knew Lisa Morfett [Breastfeeding Support Southland co-ordinator] .. and she was able to give me support, but if I hadn’t .. I don’t know what I’d do. I just want other mums to be able to get that too.”

The drop-in centre would make a positive impact on mothers within the district, she said

A free course designed to increase knowledge on breastfeeding will start on Thursday, November 4, 9.30am-2.30pm at the Calvin Community Church.