The Nursing Mothers' Association Australia. (1964-2001)

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Social support organisation
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-762065

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Originally named the Nursing Mothers' Association the extra A for Australia was added in 1969 to reflect the national nature as the Association grew. Established at a time when formula feeding was seen as modern and fashionable and viewed as being as good as, if not better than breastfeeding.

Established in 1964 by Mary Paton and five of her friends - Jan Barry, Glenise Francis, Pat Paterson, Pauline Pick and Sue Woods, with the idea of breast feeding mothers supporting each other. The association commenced at a time when censorship restrictions would not allow words such as 'breast', 'pregnant' or 'nipple' in public print or on the airwaves. The Postmaster General's Department (part of which is now known as Telstra) would not allow the word 'breastfeeding' to be printed in the telephone directory. The name Nursing Mothers' Association was decided upon as it combined the ideas of breastfeeding and nurturing. By 1965, the Constitution and the NMA Code of Ethics were adopted, as well as a counsellor training system being introduced. And publications and being produced in 1968. The booklet was later translated into Greek - reflecting the changing makeup of the Australian society. In 1976 the first breastfeeding Helpline was established in Melbourne, with trained volunteer Breastfeeding counsellors, taking calls day and night. Members of the Association voted in May 2001 for a change of name to the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. The Nursing Mothers' Association Australia
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia records, 1969-2004 [manuscript]
    [1.7 m : 1969 - 2004]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia
    MN 2881; ACC 8147A
  3. Records, 1964-1997 [manuscript].
    [62 m : 1964 - 1997]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Includes minutes, financial records, annual reports, files on assorted administrative subjects, promotional material, published articles and books on breast feeding and breast care, membership information and artefacts. The records mainly relate to Victoria, including various metropolitan and country branches. A complete set of each type of record is not held for the date range. There is a small quantity of material on NSW. Includes a large amount of variant posters (MC 9, DR 9)
    Accession no: MS 13230

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