World Breastfeeding Week

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July 31, 2020

During World Breastfeeding Week 1 – 7 August, we celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding not only for people but also for the planet. 

Breast milk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe, produced and delivered without pollution, packaging or waste. 

At KEMH, we are incredibly proud of our 94 percent success rate of women who initiate breastfeeding while in hospital and of the part we play in contributing to a healthier environment. 

More than 1300 new mums are seen at the Breastfeeding Centre WA, for our education and support program each year. 

Breastfeeding Centre Clinical Midwifery Consultant Liz Ashton said the staff are very proud of their efforts.

“We have a wonderful success rate and we are very happy that our program which primarily provides support and education to women helps them to achieve their overall goal which is exclusive breastfeeding until at least six months of age.”

“Our program focuses on spending quality time with new mums to use the knowledge and experience of our lactation consultants to overcome breastfeeding challenges,” she said. 

KEMH joined the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals initiative in 2019 which saw us join an international network of hospitals dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint. 

As a Baby Friendly Health Initiative Accredited hospital, where a mother’s informed choice of feeding is encouraged, KEMH follows the ten steps to successful breastfeeding supporting healthy people and a healthy planet.