Breastfeeding is best for you and your baby, but it isn't always easy. It takes time and practise. It can take up to six weeks for you and your baby to learn the skill of breastfeeding.
It's an important job you are doing, and you are not alone. There are many support services listed on this page that are available day or night to help, including the
Australian Breastfeeding Associationhelpline and
other local breastfeeding services.
Breastfeeding - good things take time
Transcript: Breastfeeding - good things take time
Breastfeeding your baby booklet is a must-read for every new mum.
It provides practical advice on common questions about breastfeeding including:
If you are having difficulties breastfeeding, The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) provide a
free information and advice helpline. Phone 1800 686 268 or download the
Mum2Mum app for information and live chat.
For a language interpreter call the
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask them to telephone
Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268.
For more information please visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website
For information on breastfeeding if you have a suspected or confirmed respiratory illness, such as COVID-19 or influenza, visit
Breastfeeding with COVID-19 or flu.