Breastfeeding resources for multicultural families
Breastfeeding information and support, as with all health and related information, should be shared in a culturally appropriate way, using resources, language and information that best suit each individual circumstance.
Health care professionals should be wary of stereotyped assumptions, which are not necessarily true of a cultural group and certainly are not true for each member.
Australia has a richly diverse multicultural population. Health professionals should source information and resources appropriate for specific population groups.
Multicultural Health provides information for the public, health professionals, translated health information and how to access interpreters.
- Child Health: Babies and Toddlers, Queensland Government – factsheets available in a range of languages including pictorial for those with limited reading skills
- Breastfeeding your baby in Australia, Queensland Government – booklet, poster and factsheets available for Sudanese, Burundian and Congolese communities
- Breastfeeding and postnatal care, New South Wales Government – booklet available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi and Tamil
- Breastfeeding your baby, Victoria Government – booklet available in Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese
- Multilingual breastfeeding factsheets CD, Australian Breastfeeding Association – factsheets available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. Once the CD is purchased you can also request professional development to be sent out in Dinka and Karen.
- Breastfeeding resources in other languages
- Guidelines - Working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
- Queensland Multicultural Policy 2011 – A multicultural future for all of us
- Queensland Language Services Policy 2011 – A multicultural future for all of us
- Guideline for Multicultural Policy Implementation (PDF 175 kB)
- Queensland Health Working with Interpreters Guidelines (2006)
- Health Care Providers' Handbook on Hindu Patients
- Health Care Providers' Handbook on Muslim Patients
- Health Care Providers' Handbook on Sikh Patients
- Child and Youth Health Practice Manual, Queensland Government (PDF, 3.6MB)