Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown, spoke to Parliament to draw attention to World Breastfeeding Week and the 2020 theme which is encouraging everyone to 'support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'.
"I draw the attention of this parliament to the fact that this week is World Breastfeeding Week and the 2020 theme is encouraging everyone to 'support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'. The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is leading the Australian campaign to educate the wider community about the contribution breastfeeding makes to population health, environmental sustainability and social equity. Nationally the association provides support to parents through the National Breastfeeding Hotline and delivers Breastfeeding Education classes online as well as connecting with parents through their app mum2mum and their national Facebook group. The local Australian Breastfeeding Association group covering the Newtown Electorate has supported the health of families in our community for an incredible 49 years. During the pandemic, the Inner West ABA group has been running zoom support groups on breastfeeding during Covid‑19, looking after the mental health of mothers and parents during lockdown, referring to health services and empowering parents about normal baby behaviours and breastfeeding. I would like to thank Margaret Grove, Holly Goodwin, Vanessa Peterson and Thushara Dibley as well as all ABA staff and volunteers for their work educating and supporting our communities on this World Breastfeeding Week."
Hansard available here.