Breastfeeding and lactation

Breastfeeding helps babies gain the best start in life, catering for all their nutritional needs for the first six months.

Midwife giving breastfeeding and lactation support to new mum

Our maternity teams offer professional care and guidance to help with your breastfeeding and lactation - both during your hospital stay and once you return home with your new baby.

Breastfeeding is a skill which is learned by both the mother and baby. If you choose to breastfeed, we're here to help you. That’s why you’ll find such a wide range of breastfeeding and lactation support services on offer at our hospital.

Our support services

St John of God Health Care supports the World Health Organisation’s recommendations for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

Our caregivers support you by providing the best information and guidance available, whatever choice you make to suit you and your baby’s needs.

  • Build the knowledge and skills of breastfeeding mothers
  • Support you and your baby to achieve successful breastfeeding
  • Aim to increase the incidence and duration of breastfeeding

During your pregnancy

Our hospital offers a range of parent education classes, including antenatal (pre-birth) classes that focus on building your confidence in what to expect from breastfeeding.

While in hospital

Our midwives and nurses are experienced in supporting new mums with breastfeeding and lactation. We can also provide highly qualified lactation consultants where needed.

Once at home

Many of our breastfeeding and lactation support services are available for patients when they are back home too. These may include home visits by midwives and lactation consultants, telephone support, breastfeeding clinics, breastfeeding day stays in hospital (where extra assistance is required) and referrals to other relevant outpatient services.

What we can help you with

  • Difficulty attaching your baby to the breast
  • Sore, cracked or inverted nipples
  • Too much or too little milk                                                           
  • Mastitis
  • Engorgement and/or breast pain
  • Unsettled/unhappy baby
  • Baby not gaining weight
  • Refusal of breast by your baby
  • Difficulty expressing milk
  • Breastfeeding twins
  • Breastfeeding a premature baby

Some benefits in breastfeeding your baby

  • Breast milk is specifically formulated to meet all your baby’s nutritional needs for the first six months
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, respiratory illness and middle ear infection
  • Breastfed babies have a decreased risk of allergies and an increased resistance to infections, along with many other health benefits
  • It can help with positive mother-baby bonding

Some benefits for breastfeeding mothers

  • Breastfeeding hormones will help you relax and give you a feeling of wellbeing
  • It promotes a faster recovery from childbirth in mothers
  • Breastfeeding reduces the health risks of osteoporosis and bone fractures, and the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers in later life
  • It can help with positive mother-baby bonding

For more information on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and lactation support at Subiaco

We offer comprehensive and expert breastfeeding support for mothers following the birth of their baby. All services are delivered by certified lactation consultants who have years of experience.

Breastfeeding support service

This service is ideal for women seeking one-to-one support for complex issues surrounding breastfeeding and lactation. 

Location: Breastfeeding Clinic, level three, St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

Day and time: By appointment

Contact: (08) 9382 6078

Cost: Please contact us as your health fund may cover the cost.

Please note: this is a referral only service and your midwife will need to complete your referral prior to hospital discharge.

Breastfeeding circle

This service assists new mothers who require general support for breastfeeding and lactation. Up to six women and their babies can be accommodated per session so bookings are essential.

Location: St John of God Raphael Services, 192 Cambridge Street, Wembley 6014

Day and time: 1.00pm to 3.00 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Contact: (08) 9382 6708

Cost: Free

Health Choices

Our home nursing and care division, St John of God Health Choices, offers postnatal care services to mothers who have delivered at our hospital, including breastfeeding and lactation support. Your midwife can arrange your access to this program.

Cost: Fees do apply. Please contact Health Choices directly.

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