Breastfeeding benefits

Your breast milk is specially designed to meet your baby’s needs. Your breast milk provides all the nutrients including breast milk carried immunity for your baby and reduces the risk of SUDI. For some mothers, breast feeding can be challenging for a variety of reasons.

The benefits of breast feeding your baby and the different breast feeding positions that you will find useful can be found here.

While breastfeeding, it is important that you eat healthy foods because what you eat impacts on what your baby receives from your breast milk.  This guide will assist you with foods that will provide the greatest benefits to your baby while breastfeeding:


Breastfeeding support:

Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t come naturally for some women.

It is therefore important you are getting support with breastfeeding as it is not always an easy task! Talk to your partner, midwife, family or friends early to avoid problems escalating. Specialised help such as a lactation consultant is also available to assist you should you continue to experience problems at home with your little one. Contact details for individuals in your area who are able to assist are found below.  You can also download the free breastfeeding app BreastFedNZ for more information and support.

Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika

Northland District Health Board

Central Auckland
West Auckland
South and East Auckland

La Leche League

Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay Area

Capital and Coast District Health Board

Nelson/Malborough areas

Canterbury areas

West Coast
West Coast areas

Southern Otago
Southern District Health Board areas


Breastfeeding Videos

Click on the image below to view the Breastfeeding Naturally YouTube channel which follows numerous mothers on their breastfeeding journey. It includes tips for successful breastfeeding and shows the realities of breastfeeding for women and their families. 




Content provided by Barbara Fletcher

Barbara Fletcher currently runs the Lactation Clinic at Waitakere Hospital and breastfeeding classes for pregnant women at Waitakere Hospital and North Shore Hospital.  She is a Registered Nurse and has been a community Lactation Consultant for the past 18 years.  Barbara has also worked as a La Leche League Leader for 25 years. During this time she has run breastfeeding support groups and has been involved with the Peer Counselor Programme as a trainer and an administrator. The Peer Counselor Programme educates community workers and health professionals about breastfeeding and assists them to set up breastfeeding support groups. Barbara has worked with breastfeeding women from the Pacific, Maori, and Muslim communities and encouraged those women to become mentors in their communities.  Barbara has 2 children both of whom were breastfed.