Midwife mums celebrate breastfeeding week

Help is here for breast feeding mums!
Sometimes even the most experienced mums need extra support and guidance to get off to a good start with breastfeeding their new bubs.

Eight midwives who are all new mums know this first-hand and their message during World Breastfeeding Week is ’help is here’.

They joined together with their new babies for a morning tea at West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Breast Feeding Clinic in Warragul to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and share their own experiences of motherhood and breast feeding.

Lactation Consultant Leanne Pollard said the over the past year, the Clinic had a record 588 referrals to breastfeeding support.

“The majority of our clients are seeking support in their early days of feeding. This is a really important stage to ensure mothers have the best advice and support to get a good start. We see first-time mums and women who have already had children and previously breast fed because the challenges can be different for each baby.”

“Mum’s and their babies are able to book appointments to come into the clinic to have a feed observed and receive assistance. Others may wish to phone to ask questions or book a face to face consult with a lactation consultant.”

Experienced mum, Peta Martin recently welcomed her fourth child Amelia and has breast fed all her children. Despite her experience, she still attends the clinic for support and guidance.

“Breast feeding is challenging and every baby is different. To be able to tap into the expertise of a lactation consultant gives me the confidence that I am doing the right thing and there are always questions to ask.”

First time mum, Chantal Camden said she may not have continued with breast feeding her daughter Sage, if she had not had the support of the breast feeding clinic.

“Sage was not gaining weight and I was worried that she wasn’t getting enough nourishment. By making changes to the way I hold and feed her has made a big difference and given me the confidence to continue breast feeding which was my desire.’

Leanne Pollard said barriers for mothers to start or continue with breast feeding were difficulty getting off to a good start, lack of support and societal pressures

‘The clinic is here to create a supportive environment for mums to gain that support, knowledge and confidence.”

The clinic has four lactation consultants who work closely with the Midwifery staff at West Gippsland Hospital helping women during pregnancy, while in hospital and after discharge. It also offers antenatal classes for expectant parents.

Over the years the service has worked hard to achieve the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) accreditation. This accreditation is the Gold Standard for the West Gippsland Hospital and for the Breastfeeding Service recognising the support provided to families in Warragul and surrounding communities.

The West Gippsland Healthcare Group Breast Feeding Clinic is located a few doors down from West Gippsland Hospital at 21 Landsborough Street Warragul. Phone 03 5623 0672.