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The celebration was a featured Dunedin event during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7.
Founded in 2011 by a group of women led by experienced breast-feeding counsellor Denise Ives, the charity focuses on providing a safe and supportive space for breast-feeding mums to get expert help and advice.
Over the years, The Breast Room had expanded and moved to other spaces, all while supporting more than 2000 local women to establish successful breast-feeding, she said.
The organisation operated with the support of trained volunteer peer supporters, whose training in Otago and Southland was now funded by WellSouth PHO.
‘‘Our peer supporters go through six weeks of training and maintain an ongoing relationship with us, all for the love of it,’’ Ms Ives said.
‘‘They want to help families get the support they need to have a good breast-feeding journey.’’
Long-standing peer supporter Bushie Calvert, who has been involved in The Breast Room since the beginning, told the gathering that breast-feeding education had become a huge part of her life.
‘‘It is always heartwarming and a privilege to work with mums and babies,’’ she said.
She paid tribute to the work and expertise of Ms Ives.
‘‘Not only has Denise created The Breast Room, she has created a community, which everyone here is a part of.’’