Due to the COVID-19 response, we need to keep making changes to the way we deliver Women, Youth and Children health services to keep our women and babies safe. We encourage you to regularly check our Temporary changes page for the latest advice.
An early pregnancy and parenting support phone line has been established to support women with early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns. You can call 5124 1775 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Please leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will call you back within one business day.
For the latest information, please read the COVID-19 advice for pregnant women fact sheet.
Evidence suggests that breastfeeding provides significant short- and long-term health benefits for both mother and baby.
Breastmilk provides all the necessary nutrients for optimum physical and mental development of your baby and has unique qualities to help build their immune system, that are not found in infant formula.
Research shows babies who are breastfed are protected against some infectious conditions such as gastroenteritis and respiratory infections and decreases their chance of a chronic illness later in life.
Mothers who breastfeed return to pre-pregnancy health sooner and have a reduced chance of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends babies be exclusively breastfed to around 6 months of age. You should continue breastfeeding with solid food to at least 12 months of age.
More information is available from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Looking after yourself
We encourage you to eat a well-balanced diet and get plenty of rest and fluid while you are breastfeeding or expressing breast milk.
A Lactation Consultant (LC) is a specialist who can help prevent, recognise and solve breastfeeding difficulties.
The NICU and SCN have LCs who are also practicing midwives and nurses. Please ask your baby’s nurse if you would like them to organise a time for the LC to visit you.