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Southern DHB celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with more breastfeeding facilities

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Southern DHB has opened two more breastfeeding rooms over the last eighteen months, signalling a commitment to providing mothers with a safe and supportive environment to breastfeed at work.

This comes as Southern DHB proudly supports World Breastfeeding Week, running from 1-7 August, 2021, with a focus on protecting breastfeeding and the right of parents to have access to support and facilities in the workplace.

In early 2020, Dunedin Public Hospital unveiled their purpose-fit lactation room for pumping and breastfeeding and in March this year, Wakari Hospital followed suit. Southland Hospital also has a breastfeeding room, available to both staff and visitors.  Women and staff at Lakes Hospital can access the maternity lounge for breastfeeding.

The Occupational Health and Safety team were happy to set up the new breastfeeding space at Wakari. “It’s great been able to provide a private comfortable space for staff that helps working mums re-settle back into the workplace” says Occupational Health and Safety Administrator Emma Laing.

Health Promotion Advisor Danielle Smith returned to work last week and says she feels comfortable and supported to take a break to feed her six-month old baby Grace who is on-site at the Wakari Hospital Early Childhood Centre. 

“Grace will be fulltime at day-care and my managers completely understand the need to take breaks to express and breastfeed,” says Danielle. “It’s important to maintain this, not only to reduce the risk of conditions such as blocked ducts or mastitis, but to also continue the connection with Grace I’ve built over six months spending every minute of every day with her.

“Knowing I have the support to be available to go feed her if she is being fussy has really help eased my mind.”

To help with World Breastfeeding Week celebrations, Public Health South has distributed a variety of resources including 2021 WBW posters and posters from other organisations to be displayed in public libraries across the district (Waikouiti, Lawrence, Oawaka, Milton, Tapanui, Oamaru, Balclutha, Mosgiel, South Dunedin, Dunedin City). There will also be displays at the Dunedin Public Hospital and Wakari Hospital.

Breastfeeding events being held around the Southern district
There are several breastfeeding events on throughout the district, giving breastfeeding mothers, their partners, and whānau the chance to meet and share information.

5th August, Thursday from 7 – 9pm
Movie: Mother’s milk mother’s wisdom
ILT Stadium Southland, Corporate Lounge 1
Free event, register at

6th August, Friday at 11am
Movie: Mother’s milk mother’s wisdom
Otago Museum, Barclay theatre
Free event, register at

6th August, Friday at 6.30pm
Movie: Mother’s milk mother’s wisdom
Nadi Wellness Queenstown
Free event, register at

3rd August, Tuesday from 9.30-11.30am
Morning tea
Oamaru Plunket rooms
For more information, see The Milk Room North Otago Facebook page 

2nd August, Monday 1-3pm
Afternoon tea
Balclutha Parents centre
For more information, see Breastfeeding Support South Otago Facebook page

More information can be found about World Breastfeeding week at


For further information, please contact:
Pauline Young, Southern DHB Communications Advisor