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.

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

There are many support services that can help you.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

24/7 information and help

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

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

You can also download the Mum2Mum app for:

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

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Get help at your local Child and Family Health Service

Child and Family Health Services and Building Strong Foundations are run by qualified health professionals to help families. It will cost you nothing to visit.

They can give you advice and tips about helping your child grow up strong and healthy, including help with breastfeeding and how to settle your baby to sleep. Anyone caring for a child who has yet to start school can make an appointment and get free help.

Other support services can also help you, such as online breastfeeding clinics.

Further resources

The Breastfeeding your Baby book is a must-read for every new mum. It has useful information, such as:

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

In-language breastfeeding support and information

If you need an interpreter to use the Breastfeeding Helpline, you can use the free, 24-hour Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

  1. Call TIS on 131 450.
  2. State the language you need.
  3. Ask them to dial the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268.

You can also find translated resources:

Breastfeeding with COVID-19 or flu

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

Current as at: Monday 27 February 2023
Contact page owner: Maternity, Child and Family