Mary Paton visionary and founder of the Nursing Mothers Association of Australia (now known as the Australian Breastfeeding Association) has her OAM status upgraded to an AM today, Australia Day 2006.
In recognition of Mary's ongoing commitment to breastfeeding mothers across the nation, her vision and purpose, it is fitting that Australia honours Mary and the association that she created over 40 years ago.
Mary Paton said today "I'm delighted to receive the award. It helps to put the association on the map."
Mary Paton stands out from others because she had the vision, integrity and drive to start an influential and far-reaching voluntary organisation dedicated to helping women breastfeed in an era where the word breastfeeding could not even be used in public.
"This award enables the association to be recognised for its incredible work and all the thousands and thousands of volunteers who have been part of it over the years." Mary continued.
The association's volunteers and members join Australia in honouring Mary on Australia Day 2006, who without her vision and dream may not have been able to teach the art of breastfeeding and work toward influencing our Australian society to acknowledge breastfeeding as the norm for infant nutrition.
ABA President Margaret Grove congratulated Mary and said "Mary has been actively involved in NMAA (now the Australian Breastfeeding Association) at all levels for 40 years and her attendance at ABA events is actively sought."
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