Feeding your baby
You will be offered feeding support from our experienced midwives and lactation consultants. We offer lactation support services, appropriate care and information to mothers during pregnancy and after birth.
We recognise that whilst breastfeeding is normal and may progress naturally, some mothers may require additional support from a midwife or lactation consultant. When you have consistent support and advice in the early days of breastfeeding it can become easier with time.
Our specialised lactation consultants hold breastfeeding discussions for you and your support network. These are held at 11.00am each weekday morning in the postnatal ward parent lounge. Bookings are not required.
- For signs of a hungry baby: Infant feeding cues (term)
- For signs of a hungry premature baby: Infant feeding cues (preterm)
- When and how to use nipple shields
- How to bottle feed
- Hand expressing technique
- When to use dummies and pacifiers
- Mastitis symptoms and treatments
- Making more breast milk
- Lactation service – information for parents
- Feeding the late preterm baby
Our Lactation Services are staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is a Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) accredited hospital. This means that breastfeeding is encouraged, supported and promoted. Breastfed babies are not given infant formula, dummies or teats unless medically indicated or it is the parents’ informed choice.
Support after going home
For the first 28 days after your baby is born, you will have access to specialised lactation support tailored to your individual needs. You can self-refer or be referred by the postnatal ward midwife or your GP. Book by calling (07) 3646 2250. There is no cost for this service.
Phone: (07) 3646 2250