Lactation Consultancy

Ratonga Whāinga / Service Users

The Service is for Māori, Pacific, Refugee and other vulnerable women requiring specialist assessment, support and guidance on lactation or breastfeeding issues antenatally and following the birth of their baby, in conjunction with primary health and other specialists or health care providers as required.

Ratonga Whāinga / Service Objectives

This service aims to support Māori, Pacific, Refugee and other vulnerable women requiring specialised breastfeeding help. It will:

  • Ensure that women and health care workers have the confidence, knowledge, skills and attitudes to protect, promote, support, encourage and enable establishment and continuation of breastfeeding according to national standards and legislation.
  • Contribute to an increase in the rates of breastfeeding in priority populations at discharge from maternity unit, at 6 weeks, at 3 months and at 6 months.
  • Improve the health of children from the positive impacts of breastfeeding. 
  • Add to other initiatives designed to eliminate Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI) from Nelson Tasman.

Whakaurunga Paearu / Entry Criteria

Women can be referred internally by Te Piki Oranga, or by their Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), core midwide, GP, Well Child/Tamariki Ora nurse, other health professionals or breastfeedling support persons/peer counsellors when the presenting lactation or breastfeeding issue is beyond their scope or capability to respond. Self-referral is also possible.