Healthy living

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers many benefits to you and your baby, including helping the two of you to build a close and loving bond.

Why is breastfeeding important for my baby?

  • For the first 6 months of your baby’s life, breast milk alone can meet all of his or her nutritional needs.
  • Breast milk increases your baby's ability to fight infection and disease.
  • Breastfeeding is available whenever your baby needs it.

As with learning any new skill, some mothers may need advice and support when learning to breastfeed.

Find out more about:

Where to get help

Breastfeeding Centre of WA

  • Counselling and appointments 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Phone: 9340 1844
  • More information about Breastfeeding Centre of WA

Ngala Helpline

  • Phone: 9368 9368 – 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days a week
  • Outside metro area – Free call 1800 111 546 (free from land line only)
  • Visit the Ngala website (external site)

Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

You can also:

  • See your doctor
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Acknowledgements
Breastfeeding Centre of WA

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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