Why a bunch of South Burnett mums are breastfeeding together
A GROUP of South Burnett women have shown their support for World Breastfeeding Week by taking part in a photo shoot to showcase their solidarity.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association Kingaroy Group gathered in Apex Park on Sunday where mothers of the group breastfed their babies while posing for a photo captured by Cassandra Broomhall Photography.
Breastfeeding counsellor and group leader Sarah Aiken was thrilled to take part in the intimate experience that aimed to empower the women.
"The photo shoot was the brainchild of ABA group attendee Ellie Major, who had done a similar photo shoot with her first child," Mrs Aiken said.
"It was a great opportunity, not just to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and bring breastfeeding to the attention of the community, but to also capture a special bond between mother and child.
"It also gave mums in the community a chance to meet with our ABA group, which they may not have had usually."
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe every year from August 1 to August 7 to recognise and celebrate breastfeeding.
However, ABA CEO Alison Boughey said there were a number of programs to empower Australian parents to continue to breastfeeding throughout the year.
"The ABA's National Breastfeeding Helpline and online LiveChat service are staffed by dedicated volunteers," Ms Boughey said.
"They aim to empower parents every day by providing evidence-based support to every parent who contact these services for help.
"The service is provided with funding from the Federal Government and is a resource Australian parents can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week for support or if they have a question.".