Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week—chat live with our breastfeeding experts today at 10.30 am!

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week—chat live with our breastfeeding experts today at 10.30 am!

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! We’re celebrating with a live Facebook chat at 10.30 am AEST today (Monday 1 August)!

Mater lactation consultants Julie and Jane will be online from 10.30 am to 11.30 am AEST to chat about basic technique, feeding patterns, milk supply and any other questions you may have about breastfeeding, pregnancy or the early days of parenthood.

Make sure to head on over to our Facebook page at 10.30 am AEST and comment or message us your breastfeeding questions!

We look forward to chatting with you!

About Julie

Julie has been a midwife for over 25 years, including 16 years as a lactation consultant, and has previous experience as a volunteer counsellor for the Australian Breastfeeding Association. A proud mum of two, she required support with breastfeeding despite her experience, so is passionate about ensuring that women have access to support throughout their breastfeeding journey. Currently, Julie’s role as Mater Mothers’ Hospitals’ Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Coordinator sees her work closely with the centre to assist families with their feeding needs.

About Jane

Jane has been a practising midwife for 33 years, a child health nurse for 16 years and a lactation consultant for five years. She is passionate about providing evidence based education and support to new parents, so they feel empowered to care for their baby at home. Jane has worked in community health for the last 10 years where she noted many new parents were often isolated from their extended families and role models. Having recently joined the team at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, Jane is looking forward to supporting Mater families as they transition into their new role as parents.

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually (1 to 7 August). This year’s theme, as established by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), is Breastfeeding—a key to Sustainable Development which encourages us to consider how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share. 

Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity, and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

Breastfeeding Support Service

Mater Mothers' Breastfeeding Support Service is available to support mothers throughout their breastfeeding experience. The service offers sessions for pregnant and postnatal women in hospital, and also offers no-cost, one-on-one consultations for new mothers. The service runs classes for women during pregnancy, including breastfeeding preparation and a diabetic clinic to provide breastfeeding and expressing information for pregnant women with diabetes. All services are run by qualified lactation consultants who are experienced in caring for newborn, premature and special needs babies.

Mater Mothers’ Breastfeeding Support Service is open from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Find out more or make an appointment today.

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