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​Good things take time

Breastfeeding is best for you and your baby, but it isn't always easy. It takes time and practise. It can take about 6 weeks for you and your baby to learn the skill of breastfeeding.


You are doing an important job and you’re not alone.

Ther​e are many support services that can help you.


Free 24/7 help

Call the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268 to speak with a breastfeeding counsellor.

Free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

If you need an interpreter:

  1. Call 131 450
  2. Say the language you need
  3. Ask them to dial 1800 686 268.

You can also download the Mum2Mum app to:

  • get breastfeeding information based on your baby’s age
  • record your baby’s feeds, sleeps and nappy changes
  • live chat.

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Free local breastfeeding services

There are free local services to help you with breastfeeding. Support may be online or face-to-face.

Child and family health centres offer many services to help your child grow up strong and healthy. They are free for NSW parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years. ​

'Breastfeeding your Baby​' book

The Breastfeeding your Baby book is a must-read for every new parent. It has information on:

  • how to attach your baby to your breast
  • how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
  • expressing breastmilk
  • going back to work.

You can also read the book in these languages:

You can also read the ABA's How Breastfeeding Works in several languages.

Going back to work

There are many options to help you keep breastfeeding when you return to work. You can talk to your child and family health nurse or ABA about what might work best for you.

Planning can help make a smoother transition back to work for your family.

The ABA has useful information for mothers, carers and workplaces. You can continue to breastfeed or express milk for your baby. Your workplace needs to make reasonable attempts to support you.

Breastfeeding when unwell

Breastfeeding with COVID-19 or flu has information on breastfeeding if you have these illnesses.​

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Current as at: Thursday 19 October 2023
Contact page owner: Maternity, Child and Family