As the bushfire and cyclone season is upon us, mothers, infants and young children are set to be stranded yet again without the backing of a national policy or any plans to ensure the coordination of appropriate and skilled support for breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding is available in times of emergencies and disasters.
Almost 40 organisations say that’s not good enough.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Breastfeeding Association
Australian College of Children’s and Young People’s Nurses
Australian College of Midwives
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Australian Federation of Medical Women
Australian Health Promotion Association
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian Women’s Health Network
Breastfeeding Advocacy Australia
Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania
Centre of Perinatal Excellence
Council for Single Mothers and their Children
Equality Rights Alliance- Women’s Voices for Gender Equality
Gender and Disaster Pod
International Lactation Consultant Association
Lactation Consultants Australia New Zealand
Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Australia
Maternity Consumer Network
National Foundation for Australian Women
National Rural Health Alliance
Perinatal Society of Australia New Zealand
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Association (PANDA)
Public Health Association of Australia
Safe Motherhood for All
Save the Children Australia
Soroptimist International Australia
Zonta District 22 and 23
They urge the government to live up to their commitment in the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2019 and Beyond and the decades of human rights treaties that have preceded this action.
Infants can’t wait decades, let’s make this happen.
Sign our petition here and share with colleagues, friends and family.
Read our press release and get in touch with our spokespeople.