Mums and babies come together to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

CELEBRATION: Brittany, Hudson and Ayla Sanders, Ashleigh and Nora Ciampa, Asha Hunt, Judith and Harrison Muenster, Mckinley Braybrook; front, Emily Wurst and Eliana Darbyshire, Eryn Rich and Ryder Klieve, Jules Pfitzner.
CELEBRATION: Brittany, Hudson and Ayla Sanders, Ashleigh and Nora Ciampa, Asha Hunt, Judith and Harrison Muenster, Mckinley Braybrook; front, Emily Wurst and Eliana Darbyshire, Eryn Rich and Ryder Klieve, Jules Pfitzner.

Mums and babies from the Australian Breastfeeding Association Upper Limestone Coast Group got together this week to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

The group, which is open to mothers from Tintinara, Keith, Bordertown, Naracoorte, Kingston and Kaniva, got together to share a cake and some coffee to celebrate.

The theme for 2020 is 'Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet', and it is about the impact of infant feeding on the environment and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people.

Breastfeeding counsellor Jules Pfitzner said the group was available to mums who wanted advice or support in breastfeeding.

"There is quite a bit of support locally - there is myself and another counsellor and we are happy to chat to people," she said.

"The Australian Breastfeeding Association also has a free 24/7 helpline and a live chat on the website that people can access, so if you are up at 2am and you have a screaming baby and don't know what to do, we are there."

Mrs Pfitzner said the long term benefits of breastfeeding to both mum and baby were amazing.

"It's not just about babies, and it's not just about the first six months," she said.

"Both nutritionally and emotionally, breastfeeding is so important for our babies.

"Any breastfeeding a baby gets is beneficial - It might be three weeks, or three months but anything that a baby gets is going to have long term benefits for them.

"We are all about supporting mums and families to be the best that they can be.

"All our counsellors are mums, they've all breastfed so they know how it works and what the trials and tribulations are."

Ms Pfitzner said everyone is welcome, regardless of how they feed their baby.

"We don't hold any judgement against mums that don't choose to breastfeed, because that is not our place and we still want to be there to support those mums," she said.

"We don't care how you are feeding your baby, we still want people to come to the group and help mums be mums."

For more information, phone 0428 520 629 or visit the ABA Upper Limestone Coast Group on Facebook.