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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.

Following discharge

If you require further assistance once you are at home, please contact the Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre via 07 3163 2299 for an individual outpatient appointment for breastfeeding issues and concerns with one of our specialists. 

Opening hours

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 parentsupportcentre@mater.org.au

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.

Contact us

For further information, or to arrange an appointment, please contact the centre on 07 3163 2299.

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. 

© 2016 Mater Misericordiae Limited

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430040
Last modified 15/6/2023.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/7/2014
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