Being a new mother is busy enough with so many things to think about, which is why we’ve created a small guide on government-related resources throughout Australia.
Please keep in mind that these resources are Australia-specific. Please note that this article is a guide only, please always seek professional advice from your doctor before undertaking any advice.
1.Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood Guidelines
The Department of Health, Australia
A guideline on the options of formula and breastfeeding your baby. It is a quick summary created by the Department of Health in Australia.
2. Eat for Health: Infant Feeding Guideline
National Health and Medical Research Council, Department of Health and Ageing
An in-depth booklet on formula feeding and breastfeeding and was written as a guide for health workers (2012) with chapters including how to breastfeed, the first breastfeed, common problems, how to prepare infant formula. It also has management strategies for breast refusal and other issues such as engorgement, mastitis and postnatal depression.:
Click Here to Access the Infant Feeding Guideline
*Note this information is directed at health workers
3. Food Authority NSW Government: Guidelines on Breastfeeding and Infant Formula
Provides contextual background on either option such as the warnings against Home-made (DIY) Formula or how to sterilise food and utensils for infants. You can find more information here.
4. Department of Health Western Australia: Feeding your baby – the first 12 months
You can find more information via your local health provider using the search box on the left:
5. Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: Click to access the document
This document provides information on the rights and plans implemented by the Australian government to ensure that breastfeeding is supported appropriately for mothers in Australia. It contains the rights of mothers who choose to breastfeed along with statistics and research on problem areas that need focus on and which strategies have been implemented to help solve these.
Created by a partnership of member organisations of Australia’s leading early childhood agencies, the Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.
(Raising Children 2018)
The Australian Breastfeeding Association offers mother-to-mother support and encouragement to breastfeed. It also provides counselling from trained ABA counsellors, a newsletter, a library and other activities. ABA support is available in all states and territories of Australia.
The website www.breastfeeding.asn.au is an excellent source of useful hints and information. One feature is information for fathers. It provides an email counselling service and links to other breastfeeding sites.
- Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436
- Breastfeeding Helpline – Australia 1800 686 2 686.
- Child and Family Health Services in your state or territory.
- Parent Helpline in your state or territory.
WHERE TO GET HELP
It’s a good idea to start by chatting to your midwife, maternal child health nurse or GP.
You can get helpful information and advice online and over the phone from:
- Australian Breastfeeding Association for information and resources. The Australian BreastFeeding Association is an independent, research-backed organisation enabling mums to help other mums with any breastfeeding questions. They also have counsellors that have experienced breastfeeding challenges themselves — indeed, it is often the reason why they trained to become a counsellor in the first place. ABA provides unconditional support, no matter what your parenting decisions are. Find out more online or ring their breastfeeding helpline on 1800 686 268 to speak to a breastfeeding counsellor.
- A lactation consultant. Find a lactation consultant here.
- An Accredited Practising Dietitian. Search here to find a dietitian in your area.
These are just some of the resources available in Australia if you are looking for options. Please comment down below which ones you’ve used or recommend, and if there are any important ones we’ve missed.
Have a lovely day!