St John of God Subiaco Hospital celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

To recognise World Breastfeeding Week, St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s Midwifery Team celebrated the many benefits of breastfeeding with members of the hospital’s community, including new parents.

10 Aug 2020

World Breastfeeding Week

11 August 2020

World Breastfeeding Week is an initiative of the World Health Organisation and is held each year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

As part of the week’s activities, the hospital released an informative podcast about breastfeeding with St John of God Subiaco Hospital Lactation Consultant Bernie O’Regan. In addition to general information, the podcast included feeding suggestions and insights into common challenges and the perception of low milk supply.

Daily breastfeeding tips were also shared via the hospital’s maternity Instagram account and informative resources were provided to maternity patients daily.

Commenting on the importance of breastfeeding, Bernie said breastmilk is called liquid gold for good reason and can provide all the nutrition a growing baby needs during the first six months of life.

“Research also proves that it helps to protect babies and is high in antibodies which can play an important role in fighting off viruses and bacteria. Not only that, breastfeeding provides close skin to skin and eye contact which can help babies feel secure and bond with their mums,” she said.

“However, despite what many people assume, breastfeeding is a learned skill that often takes patience, persistence, practice and support.”

“It is important that mums receive help within the first six weeks of their baby’s life to ensure that good breastfeeding habits and patterns are established.”

Women who give birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital receive one on one breastfeeding and lactation support from experienced lactation consultants and midwives during their hospital stay.

They can also access further assistance through the hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinic following their discharge.

Listen to the podcast and learn more about breastfeeding from Bernie.