Breastfeeding support at Mater Mothers' Hospital
Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre is here to support you throughout your breastfeeding experience.
Our breastfeeding support service is a specialist service within the Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre, available during your stay at Mater, as well as a support for you after you return home. The service is managed by qualified lactation consultants who are experienced in caring for newborn, preterm and special needs babies up to the age of six months.
Support during pregnancy
Individual consultations with a lactation consultant to discuss previous breastfeeding difficulties can be arranged, if required.
Support after the birth of your baby
The experienced midwives caring for you and your baby, in each postnatal unit, are able to provide you with breastfeeding information, assistance and support.
Breastfeeding information sessions and group feeding clinics are held by lactation consultants from Monday to Saturday, in the postnatal units. Please ask your midwife or nurse to direct you to the venue closest to you. Individual consultations are available for complex breastfeeding problems.
If your baby is in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU), the lactation consultant will visit you and your baby in the nursery.
If you require further assistance once you are at home, please contact the Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre via 07 3163 2229 for an individual outpatient appointment for breastfeeding issues and concerns with one of our specialists.
The Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre is open from 8 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). To ensure we can provide the support required by all women and babies please phone the centre to make an appointment. Alterntiavely you can contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to bring
When you visit the support centre, please bring your baby’s Personal Health Record book.
The Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre is a free service for all Medicare eligible families.
For further information, or to arrange an appointment, please contact the centre on 07 3163 2229.
Support after hours
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) offers a 7 day breastfeeding counselling service. ABA breastfeeding counsellors are all trained volunteers who have breastfed for at least nine months and undertaken the ABA breastfeeding counsellor training course. They provide counselling and breastfeeding information to anyone seeking help.
ABA counsellors can be contacted on 1800 686 268. Alternatively visit www.breastfeeding.asn.au.
Please note: Counsellors are not medically trained, therefore cannot give medical advice, only breastfeeding management support information.
If you are concerned about your health, or that of your baby please call:
- 000 (triple zero) in an emergency
- 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)—qualified staff will provide advice and further support.
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Mater Doc Num: HOSP-011-00857
Last modified 01/9/2016.