A Northland mother is calling on dairy-free breastmilk donors to help feed her baby girl, after the māmā suffered three serious cardiac events due to a rare condition, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.

Melissa Crockett-Joyoue from Leigh, Wellsford, received open heart surgery and a double bypass late last year as the condition affected the most important arteries in her heart.

Parents Lou Tyson and Tamati Tiananga are calling for people to stop intimidating mothers who breastfeed in public, after a bad experience the couple had over the weekend.

The couple were at a cafe when a middle-aged man walked in and stared at Tyson while she was breastfeeding her baby boy, says Tiananga.

"New Zealand attitudes towards women breastfeeding in public are relatively positive. That's according to a recent study. Reporter Te Rina Kowhai caught up with television personality and new mom Lou Tyson who says mothers are only doing a natural thing, that is to feed their babies".

In the lead up to Safe Sleep Day on December 7, Hāpai Te Hauora’s National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service will plant harakeke at Māngere Bridge School.

Service manager Fay Selby Law says the aim is to provide a source of pesticide-free harakeke for weavers of wahakura, the sleeping pods developed to keep pepi safe.

More than 2.7 million newborns die each year, and low birth weight and preterm infants in developing countries contribute substantially to this figure.

Te Kohanga Whakawhati Marae in Pahiatua will host the first wahakura wānanga for the Pahiatua community this weekend (3-5 Aug).

Jenny Firmin (rāranga teacher, nō Whanganui) and Hakui Ataneta Paewai will be teaching mothers to be and their whanau the wahakura waikawa style and will be accompanied by health and social service providers.

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy or SUDI kills 40 to 50 babies a year, and the risk is higher for those whose parents smoke or sleep beside them.

The Moe Ora programme is set to provide 300 wahakura, safe sleeping baskets, to babies most at risk and provide greater support to help parents quit smoking.