Breastfeeding Service

Your breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Babies who are breastfed have a reduced risk of gastroenteritis, ear and chest infections, allergies, diabetes, obesity, childhood leukaemia and sudden infant death syndrome.

For the new mother, breastfeeding reduces the risk of bleeding after the birth, is convenient and costs nothing. Mothers who breast feed are also less likely to develop obesity, breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and osteoporosis.

The Breastfeeding Service assists women who have given birth at the Women’s as well as those  who have a baby in the Newborn Intensive Care unit in Parkville.

Services provided

Lactation consultants are available to support women, in hospital or after discharge, with breastfeeding advice, for example:

  • positioning and attachment advice
  • management of sore nipples
  • assessment of milk supply
  • medications and breastfeeding
  • feeding support for twins or triplets
  • cleft lip and or palate
  • mastitis
  • breast and nipple thrush
  • tongue-tie
  • any other breastfeeding concerns, including concerns arising during pregnancy

What we do

The Breastfeeding Service provides evidence based advice and support to families who have given birth at the Women’s. The Breastfeeding Service also provides assistance to women who have a baby in the Newborn Intensive and Special Care unit in Parkville, or in the Special Care Nursery at Sandringham.

Information for patients

Our experienced breastfeeding experts offer appointments for mothers with babies usually up to three months of age.

The Breastfeeding Service is staffed by midwives (at the Sandringham campus) and midwives and GPs (at the Parkville campus) who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

Bookings for clinic are essential. 


Women who give birth at the Women’s or have a baby in the Parkville Newborn Intensive Care Unit can see our breastfeeding experts. Your doctor or midwife can arrange this for you, or you can call the Breastfeeding Service yourself.

What to bring

It is important that you and your baby attend the appointment together and that you bring your baby’s ‘My Health and Development Record’ green book.

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