Are you needing Lactation support?
If so, you are not alone – by a long long way.
Difficulties with breastfeeding happen for pretty much to ALL women, for any number of reasons, none of which are your fault! My mums generation, all these interruptions, mistakes and bad advice was floating around .. and most mums convinced themselves they “didn’t have enough milk”…
They had never even heard of supply and demand, feed on demand and other phrases, it was all about “feed every four hours”…
The good news is… these is no need to label yourself or your baby as having problems, until you first check if you’ve been given good support and guidance the whole way along!!
Breastfeeding – what’s all the fuss?
|Benefits for the Mother||Benefits for the Infant||Other Benefits|
|Lowered risk of breast cancer||Complete nutrition that changes with baby’s needs||Lower health care costs as breastfed babies are not sick as often as bottle-fed babies|
|Increased postpartum weight loss||Contains antibodies that protect baby from illness||Employers benefit from reduced employee sick time|
|Increased bonding with the infant||Human milk is sterile—baby is not exposed to outside germs||Good for the environment—less waste from bottles, formula, and packaging|
|Money-saving||Lower risk of obesity|
|Always available||Lower risk of asthma|
|Reduced postpartum bleeding due to oxytocin release from breastfeeding||Lower risk of eczema and allergies|
|Increased bone density||Lower risk of SIDS|
|Natural birth control for the first 6 months||Lower risk of heart disease|
|Lower risk of postpartum depression||Lower risk of diabetes|
|Lower risk of type II diabetes||Lower risk of diarrhea, constipation, and other GI disorders|
|Lower incidence of hospitalization|
Call for help!
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a very useful, free Helpline operating 24 hours, 7 days a week!
Phone: 1800 686 268
(Staffed by volunteer mums, who are fully trained breastfeeding counsellors).
ABA face-to-face Meetings
We are also lucky to have three very active groups running face-to-face groups regularly.
You can go along and meet new friends, chat to and get hints and tips from other mothers who’ve ‘been there’ and talk to a trained, volunteer breastfeeding counsellor if needed.
Programs are put together by the local members and reflect the needs of the community. Topics discussed might cover such things as basic breastfeeding tips, expressing and storing breastmilk, supply issues, returning to work, weaning, introducing solids, nighttime parenting and much more.
Find out more about your local meetings at the ‘Australian Breastfeeding Association Newcastle Region’ Page on Facebook:
Go easy on yourself and your beautiful breasts!!! Sometimes it can be the birth happenings and days postnatally that can make the transition into breastfeeding challenging.
As an example, read about how Epidurals affect feeding:
Maternity Choices Australia:
More ways to seek support:
Call in an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)!!! If you have been getting inconsistent information, it may just be that the “Lactation consultants” you have been seeing, have had a bare minimum of training! Sometimes as little as six hours. On the other hand, IBCLCs’ train for TWO years!!! It can be totally worth the money to pay for a specialist! (think of the money you will save on formula if just a few hours of support NOW can assist on towards a two year breastfeeding journey!)
Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) have compiled a list of qualified lactation consultants in Australia and New Zealand for new mums searchable by postcode! ~ go to their website and search at this link ~
Tresillian Parents’ Help Line
You can ring and speak to one of Tresillian’s qualified Child and Family Health nurses on any aspect of parenting children aged up to five years.
Tresillian understand that life with a baby or young child can be unpredictable and sometimes you just need to talk to someone.
Phone: 1300 272 736 (1300 2parent) 7am – 11pm.
John Hunter Breastfeeding Support Service
The Breastfeeding Support Service is a free service offering support and advice to breastfeeding mothers whose baby was born at John Hunter Maternity Service and is less than 4 weeks old. They also offer support to pregnant women who have experienced breastfeeding problems previously. The service operates 4 days a week, Monday through to Thursday (excluding public holidays). Referrals may be made by midwives, women, general practitioners, or other health care providers.
For appointments phone (02) 4921-3992
The Community Midwife Program at Maitland
Provides postnatal care that includes:
The Community Midwife Program can provide you with education and support with the following:
> Home visits and one-to-one advice for 5-7 days
> Assistance and support with breastfeeding your baby
Phone: (02) 4939 2739.
Newcastle Private Hospital
Education sessions are held each morning throughout the week by a team of Physiotherapists and Lactation Consultants.
Post-Natal Groups are also held at an off-site location.
For both classes and group bookings or information please call (02) 4941 9266.
You are not alone