THIS FRI (10th)! Young Parents Breastfeeding Group!

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Re: THIS FRI (10th)! Young Parents Breastfeeding Group!

Post by sophyzippo » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:51 pm

Well as a young mum before I was involved in setting up the YPBG in Chch I went along to several mum's groups as was always the youngest by at least 15 years.I went along to LLL and trialled several playgroups,coffee mornings,library storytimes etc.
Along with being the youngest I was also a solo mum which meant I got double the judgements and stares.
The YPBG has none of this,we are accepting of all young mums no matter their martial status,fianacial status,whatever,they are welcome to come along and learn more about breastfeeding and parenting along with people their own age.

MissNaani I'm sure you could easily set up your own older mums group if you feel that strongly about excluding people,maybe talk to your local plunket nurse? :D
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Post by mumtotwo » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:32 pm

As an older mum the second time around I know how hard it can be to find a friendly and welcoming environment as it is for younger mums too . On both ends of the spectrum we can be isolated . I certainly felt a bit that way at parents centre music and at playcentre as all the other mums were years younger then me , I was in my 40s , they were twenties and early thirties . It's good for young mums to find a place where they are accepted , shame you can't have some catch ups with older mums , the two groups might get on well since they can both be a bit on the outer :D
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Post by rangitotogirl » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:37 pm

MissNaani wrote:Actually round where i live (lets just say near Mt Wellington) i have been asked a few times if I am mum or grandma!!!! :oops: I seriously need support for that, its quite disturbing when it happens!! :smt005
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Post by Wicked Knits » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:53 pm

MissNaani wrote:Actually round where i live (lets just say near Mt Wellington) i have been asked a few times if I am mum or grandma!!!! :oops: I seriously need support for that, its quite disturbing when it happens!! :smt005
My MIL has had the opposite when Seb was younger, if she took him out alone, a few people asked if she was his mum. :twitch: She's 45 years older than him, so I guess it's plausible! Heck actually her own mum was about 40 years older than her. :lol: (she was the last child and a bit of a surprise)
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Post by white-rose » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:01 pm

sophyzippo - can you please PM me info about setting up a group - its something that would be very useful down here, I know young mums feel very awkward around older mums and we really need to encourage them not look down on them.

i have to laugh at the irony of my journey though - when I was a young mum (at 20/21) all the other mums were in thier early 30's and older. Now I am in my 30's a lot of the mums are in thier early 20's I had my babies the wrong way around :lol:
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Post by Louise » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:31 pm

I am the same Louise!! Feeling like an older Mum now but as a young Mum (18) I was much younger than all the other Mums in groups I went to. It would have been great to be part of a group like this back then.
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Post by MissNaani » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:16 am

maybe thats what makes me sad/angry....we are all just mums, and age shouldnt matter. but society so needs to classify that it is all too easy to feel on the outside. maybe thats not societies fault, but our own?


I understand why those on the margin need special respresentation (think maori/pacific island places in uni courses, open pay reviews to demonstrate that women do indeed get paid less) and this is just another instance of that.

I think a lot of older mums probably have the confidence/experience to recognise a need so make their own 'groups' and younger mums maybe dont (see, generalisations!!!!!).

Interesting that a lot of us have felt the need to be represented at each end of the spectrum, just goes to show how insufficient generalisations can be.
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Re: THIS FRI (10th)! Young Parents Breastfeeding Group!

Post by ypbgak » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:56 pm

Hi everybody,

What a wonderful discussion, so many important issues being brought up.
I work for Womens Health Action, we were approached by the Christchurch Young Parents Breastfeeding Group Whāngai U “Mātua Puhōu”
about the possibility of assisting young parents (who had relocated to Auckland due to the Christchurch earthquakes) to establish an Auckland Young Parents Group.
This is not funded (Yet!) and is run by the young people who felt a need for the group.
Women’s Health Action was keen to be involved in this project as evidence shows that effective and appropriate community, peer support and family links are critical for breastfeeding women, and have a positive influence on breastfeeding rates and duration.
Of course this is true of all brestfeeding women, not just young parents! We absolutely encourage you to find or form groups that give you the support you need.
Since the formation of this group we have been inundated with requests to support the formation of new groups across Auckland, we continue to apply for funding to make this possible (to no avail, as of yet) but we would be more than happy to do what we can if you would like support in finding or forming your own group.

A wonderful place for you to find support may be the Big Latch ON - happening tomorrow! check out the website here : http://www.womens-health.org.nz/big-latch-on-2012.html

Kind Regards,

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