Bass Coast Health makes breastfeeding easier

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Pictured above: Melanie Tschiderer with little Alexander Murphy, Alexander’s dad Adrian, and our MCH Nurse Hayley Blundell at our MCH service’s new home at the Miner’s Dispensary in Wonthaggi.


This week is World Breastfeeding Week and the theme this year is ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’ and focuses on working together for the common good to provide sustainable results.


World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.


Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids the survival of infants and helps them thrive, has long-term health benefits for women, yields economic benefits and enhances wellbeing of all.


With this year’s theme focussed on partnerships, Bass Coast Health (BCH) is promoting it’s collaborations this week with both the Miner’s Dispensary and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF).


BCH’s collaboration with the Miner’s Dispensary Pharmacy enabled the relocation in March of its Maternal & Child Health (MCH) service to its current premises, which provided easier access for parents of babies and young children to receive the expert advice and services of BCH’s MCH Nurses.


BCH’s collaboration with the ANMF to implement the new EBA has seen a number of benefits offered to BCH staff who are breastfeeding as part of this Agreement. BCH staff who are nursing mothers are able to negotiate flexible rostering to accommodate their baby’s feeding schedule and to take extra breaks to feed their baby in the comfortable surroundings of an area set aside specifically for this purpose.


Moves are also currently underway to develop a labelling system and purpose specific fridge for storing expressed milk.