Mama didn't say there would be days like these

Authors: Michaela Harris*, Victoria University
Topics: Gender, Geography and Urban Health, Australia and New Zealand
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Post Natal Depression, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Perinatal, Mental Health, Suicide
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The leading cause of death during the Perinatal period in New Zealand, as with many countries around the world, is suicide. This is has been the case for a decade now. Perinatal Depression (PND) rates are high in New Zealand and often have wide-reaching consequences for family and communities. Much has been discussed in the literature about the impact of PND on breastfeeding, however, there is growing evidence of the impact of breastfeeding struggles on women's experiences of mental health.

This paper will explore the social, cultural and political influences on experiences of breastfeeding and how space and place affect the health outcomes of young families. In a time where there is increasing pressure for globalisation and global goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the global breastfeeding guidelines that have been in place for the better part of twenty years make a compelling case study for the effects of the changing focus on local context.

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