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.


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.

Further Resources

24/7 information and help

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.

  • Download from the App Store
  • Download from Google Play

Support services

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.

Multilingual breastfeeding information

Breastfeeding FAQs

For more information please visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website

Breastfeeding and respiratory illnesses

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.

Current as at: Monday 25 July 2022
Contact page owner: NSW Health