Lactation Consulting: Health professionals who specialise in breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding happens more easily when the people closest to the breastfeeding mother support her.
Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies. It has the right amount of nutrients, is easily digested and readily available.
You may be surprised to hear the rate of breastfeeding is very low. While some women are unable to breastfeed, others simply choose not to.
Studies show breastfeeding has major health benefits, for both the mother and her baby.
Why is breastfeeding important?
Breast milk is the normal food for babies, designed by nature for human infants:
It is a complete food containing all your baby's nutritional needs for the first 6 months of life.
It satisfies both hunger and thirst; extra water is not needed.
It increases a baby's resistance to infection and disease.
It may reduce allergies, sickness, and obesity.
It is typically very easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.
Breastfeeding promotes healthier weight growth.
Breastfeeding is important for mothers too.
It's convenient, cheap and always there when you need it.
It's fresh, clean and safe.
It quickly soothes a fussy, unhappy baby.
It helps your uterus return to its normal size after childbirth.
It gives you a chance to sit down during the day and rest.
Mothers who don't breastfeed may have increased risks of cancer of the breast and ovaries.
Breastfeeding helps create a close and loving bond between you and your baby and can be a deeply satisfying experience for you both.
Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs.
The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of baby to promote healthy growth. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.
Our qualified and experienced Lactation Consultant can assist you with:
Positioning and attachment advice
Management of sore nipples
Assessment and management of milk supply
Management of medications and breastfeeding
Support and advice for mothers with:
babies with cleft lip or cleft palate
babies with tongue tie
multiple babies (twins or more)
breast and nipple thrush
any other breastfeeding concerns