Should I breastfeed?
It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to breastfeed- some women don't want to but only very few are not able to.
"While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby".~ Amy Spangler
Babies are designed to grow best on breastmilk and breastmilk is designed with exactly the right ingredients for each baby at each stage. For instance, the milk of a preemie is very different to that for a full term baby because their growth will be different.
That is just looking at breastmilk as a food but there is so much more to breastfeeding than that; its good impact on the mother and the baby lasts way into their future physical and mental health.
What types of situations might make breastfeeding a challenge?
Sometimes difficulties relate to the baby and sometimes it is to the mother:
How can I get breastfeeding off to a great start?
There are 2 aspects here- one is the timing and the second is the positioning
What is a lactation consultant: IBCLC?
This is an international qualification, only awarded to those who pass the strict global criteria and choose to specialise in Breastfeeding and Lactation management.
Lactation Consultants specialise in breastfeeding management and have passed the IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) exam criteria which includes practical experience pathways.
They are trained to assist in prevention and solving of many breastfeeding difficulties including: low milk supply or overabundant milk supply; sore or damaged nipples; babies who are not gaining weight appropriately.
They are able to help breastfeeding parents in their goals for breastfeeding which may include an early return to work or how to wean as a baby gets older.
LC's assess and assist with breastfeeding and help set up individual plans and information for the families in their care.
They can be found in many settings including hospitals, clinics and private practice. They are able to promote policy and societal changes to help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.
Care adheres to the: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Code of Ethics and World Health Organisation Standards.
where else can I get help with breastfeeding?
Australian Breastfeeding Association:
24/7 hotline: 1800 686 268
Download the free Mum2Mum app
LCANZ ie Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand:
Find a Lactation Consultant
Why use a LActation Consultant?
IBCLC ( International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) are highly skilled in the Breastfeeding and Lactation Speciality.
What Does a consultation involve?
Initial consultation fee includes:
Will my health fund cover the lactation consult?
There is limited opportunity to be able to claim back through Health Funds as an IBCLC, now that I have retired from Nursing and Midwifery. I apologise, in advance, for that.
GU Health, MBP- Growing Families Range, NIB, Onemedifund and TUH do allow clients to claim.
Do I need to pay at the time of the consultation?
An Invoice will be emailed and payment by direct bank deposit is within 2 weeks of the invoice.
are you doing home visits during Covid-19?
If anyone in the family is unwell, should I continue to breastfeed?
Health advice has been that breastfeeding should continue; families should be extremely diligent with hand washing, cleaning surfaces and wear a mask if in the vicinity of the baby, if you have symptoms.
Contact with anyone else apart from the parents, at this time, should be restricted as much as possible.