WellSouth health promotion specialist Jo O’Connor said breastfeeding was a “shared responsibility”.

“Often it does take the support of a village.

“Whanau, friends, health professionals all have a part to play in those early days.”

Mums4Mums trained and encouraged peer supporters to provide that community support for young mums.

Mums4Mums drop-in groups are available twice monthly in Alexandra, Cromwell and Wanaka.