The reality of breastfeeding is, it is hard work. A lot of kids have tongue ties now and they can chew up the old nipples. My advice would be to eat well to produce good milk, pumps are expensive, babies are the best to regulate your supply, but it is an individual thing - find what works for you and not the person next to you.

Vikki Wickliffe

Midwife at Midwifery Focus

To succeed it’s all about women supporting women!  Try breastfeeding workshops. Rosie Houghton and Galu (Pacific support person) hold workshops at the Hospital for 2 hours to refresh and it's free! It’s a workshop called ‘Pregnant, What Next?’ and is an early pregnancy class for all pregnant women under 20 weeks pregnant, their partners and whānau. This is a 2-hour information session to help answer all your pregnancy questions.

There’s also a weaving Wānanga - Te Aka Oranga Waikawa Wahakura Wānanga. It’s open to any wahine or māmā hapū and whānau at any stage of pregnancy to weave their own wahakura (baby bassinet) for their pēpi. The day is FREE with all materials supplied, lunch and parking vouchers included. Safe sleep messages are woven into the day and whānau support is encouraged.

Four wānanga are held each year. This is a full day and spaces are limited so book early via Rosie Houghton Maori Women’s Health Liaison Coordinator - 021 926 361.

If you’ve got the right tools and support you can do well. There’s so much support. It's wonderful. Expectation vs Reality, is the baby is born, they grab your breast and put the baby straight on. Be prepared the best you can by getting the right support beforehand.