As an experienced midwife and lactation consultant, I understand the challenges that expecting parents face especially when it comes to equipping themselves to give breastfeeding a great start.
Navigating the abundance of information available online can be overwhelming.With the internet flooded with advice, it’s essential to discern the credible sources from the noise. Taking some time to reflect on your priorities and familiarise yourself with breastfeeding basics can provide a solid foundation.
Organisations like the “Raising Children Network” offer comprehensive resources covering various stages of parenthood. Their succinct videos offer practical insights tailored to busy schedules, making them a valuable resource.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a long history of supporting breastfeeding mothers, offering helplines, an app, and support groups to connect you with other parents.
If you’ve encountered breastfeeding challenges in the past or have concerns, consulting a lactation consultant can be invaluable. Many hospitals and maternal child health offer free consultations, and you can also find certified consultants in your area through the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand website.
Don’t hesitate to seek support if you have health concerns or uncertainties about breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are trained to develop personalised strategies to address your specific needs and circumstances.
Additionally, involving your partner or support person in the process can enhance your breastfeeding journey. Educating them about your preferences and the information you’ve gathered ensures they can provide meaningful support.
Ultimately, breastfeeding offers numerous benefits for both you and your baby, and with access to reliable information and support, you can approach this journey with more confidence.
Anne is a medicare endorsed Midwife and IBCLC Lactation Consultant and runs a very busy practice in Deakin where she offers antenatal breastfeeding education in personalised classes, antenatal care, postnatal care and lactation support until baby’s are weaned.You can contact her via her website www.evolvemidwiferyservices.com.au