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19    Health—National Breastfeeding Hotline

Senator Moore, also on behalf of Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1044—That the Senate—

    (a)   acknowledges Australia’s National Breastfeeding Hotline which:

                  (i)   provides invaluable advice to 80 000 mums every year, and is run at an extremely modest cost to taxpayers due to the fantastic work of hundreds of volunteer counsellors who answer up to 6 000 calls every month, and

                 (ii)   requires long-term funding to provide certainty for this vital service for Australian mums; and

    (b)   notes that:

                  (i)   the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding requires strategies to share maternal lactation costs more widely, such as additional help with caring for children, enhanced leave and workplace lactation breaks, and suitable child care, and

                 (ii)   although the World Health Organization recommends babies are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their life, by 3 months of age, 60 per cent of Australian babies are getting some formula milk.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.