Breastfeeding has been proven to have great benefits to both the infant and the mother and though not everyone is able to or wants to breastfeed it is not something that should be shunned and pushed behind closed doors.
To empower parents to continue feeding their child or children on breastmilk the Lismore’s branch of the Australian breastfeeding association (ABA) provides ‘hospital grade breast pumps which we offer for hire to women with babies with special needs and/or who are returning to work,’ said Molly Magahy from the Lismore ABA volunteer team.
They are now raising money to replace their outdated pumps with the screening of ‘The Milky Way’, a movie about empowering women to breastfeed, and challenging the cultural and political ideas that can get in the way.
‘This service supports families in our community to be able to continue to provide breastmilk to their babies when it would not otherwise be possible,’ continued Molly.
The movie is screening on Saturday July from 1:30pm in the downstairs meeting room at Lismore Regional Library on Magellan St. The movie will be followed by a discussion and afternoon tea. Cost is $20 or $15 concession/ABA members.