Dunedin mother Megan Woodman and 21-month-old daughter
Aibhilinn Woodman-Shinnors took part in the public
breast-feeding event in Meridian mall. Photo Craig Baxter
More than 30 mums and babies participated in The Big
Latch On in Meridian mall, organiser Natalie Sinclair said.
Otago Nuggets captain Mark Dickel attended the event, whose
theme this year emphasised breast-feeding for physical health
Miss Sinclair said more mothers were feeding their babies for
long periods, with the oldest breast-feeding child yesterday
aged 2 years and six months.
Dunedin mother Megan Woodman said she considered it an
achievement to have breast-fed her baby, 21-month-old
daughter Aibhilinn Woodman-Shinnors, for so long.
Breast-feeding strengthened the relationship between mother
and child and was good nutrition, she said. Yesterday's event
was the 10th anniversary of Latch On, in which thousands of
women breast-feed simultaneously in public events around New
Figures show more than 84% of babies born in hospital are
exclusively breast-fed on discharge, one of the highest rates
in the OECD. However, by six months of age less than 20% are
exclusively breast-feeding, one of the lowest rates in the