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Breastfeeding staff at Dunedin Public Hospital now have a fully-equipped room for pumping and breastfeeding their little ones at work.
The purpose-fit lactation room was proudly unveiled in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dunedin Central, who kindly donated chairs, tables and a fridge to Southern DHB.
The Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust also generously purchased a breast pump for the room, which comes equipped with two private areas to breastfeed and a fridge to store breastmilk.
Breastfeeding advocate and Management Assistant for Surgical Services and Radiology, Shelly Pullar, says the room was a much needed addition and will greatly support breastfeeding staff members returning to work.
“We are really happy our staff have somewhere comfortable and private to breastfeed and pump. It’s important breastfeeding mothers returning to the workplace feel safe.”
To further support breastfeeding in the workplace, lactation consultants are available to help any mothers get set up and assist with any breastfeeding challenges.
Rotary Club of Dunedin Central helped set up a temporary breastfeeding room in Dunedin Public Hospital last year.
“We thought it was only fitting to contribute towards a permanent room,” says former president and District Assistant Governor Derek King. “It’s hugely satisfying to see the space complete.”