Eastern Courier : June 15th 2011
24 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.easterncourier.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! GALLERIES YOUR NEWS COMPETITIONS Rear-facing child car seats safer say US experts Plunket is supporting a call to leave infants and toddlers rear- facing in their car seats for longer. The American Acad- emy of Pediatrics, one of the world's leading authorities on child health and safety, has issued new recommen- dations on child car seat safety. It says infants and toddlers should, where possible, remain rear- facing from at least 12 months to two years of age. Plunket national child safety adviser Sue Campbell says it supports the rec- ommendation. This is a very posi- tive development. The evidence tells us that children under age two are 75 percent safer rear-facing than forward-facing.'' If an accident occurs, the child's body moves into the back of the seat shell and the head, neck and spine are supported. During an impact, the rear-facing child slides up the back of the seat, and back down. Forces are reduced around the neck and spine and the force of the impact is evenly distributed across the car seat and the child. Rear-facing until two years of age is not a legal requirement, it is a recommendation based on best prac- tice.'' Plunket says the safest place for all car seats is in the back seat so they are away from airbags that are in car dashboards. Child restraint technicians, available through Plunket car seat rental schemes, can advise about the best car seat for a child's age and weight, and one that is best suited to your car. Visit www.plunket.org.nz for information on a car seat rental scheme near you. La Leche celebrates 40 years La Leche League: Val Sowerby, back left, and Pat La Roche joined forces 40 years ago to start Howick's first La Leche League, they are pictured with current leader Anita Gill and her son Cody. Photo: PIP BOURKE By PIP BOURKE It was more than 40 years ago that Pat La Roche was told it was inconvenient to breast- feed her newborn child. The comment promp- ted her to join forces with Val Sowerby to establish Howick's La Leche league. La Leche, Spanish for the milk' is a group help- ing to provide support for new mothers who are breastfeeding. The group aims to educate and help a mother understand her baby's needs. There are currently more than 3000 groups spread over 68 countries. Led by volunteers, the group is run by mums for mums. The Howick league celebrates its 40th anni- versary on Friday. Mrs La Roche says the group has come a long way since the 70s. We used to host it in people's living rooms,'' she says. There was always a big turnout and the room would be full of mothers and babies.'' The group now meets in the Haseler Hall at All Saints Church. One of the leaders, Anita Gill, says the group is like a coffee group for breastfeeding mothers. It's got a really nice relaxed atmosphere, but is also informative,'' she says. The meetings cover topics relating to breast- feeding and are open to anyone who is expecting, or has a child. The anniversary cele- brations will take place this Friday in the Haseler Hall in All Saints Church. A break- fast will be held from 7.30am to 8.30am and a morning tea from 10am to 11.30am. Anyone who has been associated with La Leche is invited. Visit www.lalecheleague.org.nz or phone Alison on 533-0391 for more information.
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