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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 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 your baby

The Breastfeeding your baby booklet is a must-read for every new mum.

It provides practical advice on common questions about breastfeeding including:

  • what to expect when breastfeeding
  • how to attach the baby to your breast
  • how long and how often your baby needs to feed
  • how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
  • expressing breastmilk  
  • returning to work.

Breastfeeding and COVID-19

 If you are breastfeeding you don't need to stop breastfeeding before or after your COVID-19 vaccination. Currently the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred for women who are breastfeeding.  COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be considered if you cannot access Pfizer and if the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks for you. Talk with your health professional about your options. For further information go to the Australian Government's decision guide COVID-19 vaccination – shared decision making guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy

You can continue to breastfeed if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, for more information on how to do this safely, please refer to the guidance for parents and carers.

24/7 information and help

If you are having difficulties breastfeeding, The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) provide a free information and advice helpline or download the Mum2Mum app for information and live chat.

Interpreter translation services

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.

Breastfeeding information - Multilingual

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Breastfeeding FAQs

For more information please visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website

Current as at: Wednesday 1 September 2021
Contact page owner: NSW Health