Breastfeeding also benefits your baby by providing nature’s best protection from infection and disease.
What’s more, the act of breastfeeding also safeguards maternal health, giving you protection from a number of diseases as you go about breastfeeding your baby.
So powerful are the long-term effects of breastfeeding on health they can be traced well into adulthood.
While 96% of women initiate breastfeeding, Australian Breastfeeding Association statistics reveal that by 3 months of age, only 39% of Australia’s infants are being exclusively breastfed, and only 15% of babies are being breastfed at 5 months of age!
So clearly, there are challenges.
As a new Mum it can take a little while to learn how to breastfeed comfortably and to develop your confidence. This is entirely normal.
One for Women aim to support you and your family in reaching your breastfeeding goals, by providing:
Knowing that we will be there for you every step of the way, means yours can be a breastfeeding plan that truly succeeds!
Our lactation consultant Sharon will do a full breastfeeding assessment including observing a breastfeed. She will work with you to make an individualised plan for feeding, that considers your breastfeeding challenges and your family situation. There is also the opportunity to participate in breastfeeding research projects via our links to the UWA Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group.
A GP/IBCLC consult can be helpful when there are medical aspects of the breastfeeding difficulties that need to be explored and managed. We are very lucky to have Marnie Rowan as part of our team. Her expertise in breastfeeding is accompanied by a wealth of experience in general practice with a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing.