The benefits of breastfeeding are being celebrated this week at the Toowoomba Hospital during World Breastfeeding Week.
The annual world-wide event is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their babies, and to offer support to those mums who are experiencing hurdles.
The Toowoomba Hospital supports mothers through its lactation service which offers free one-on-one consultations with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) as well as regular breastfeeding classes for women undergoing antenatal care through the hospital.
Support is also provided by hospital child health nurses and midwives.
"The breastfeeding classes are aimed at all mothers who want to get breastfeeding off to the best start, whether they are first-time or experienced mothers," Toowoomba Hospital IBCLC Simone Mayze said.
"Adjusting to a new baby and learning to breastfeed takes time.
"During the classes, we talk about what to expect in the early weeks of feeding, including what’s normal and how to minimise problems.
"But if problems arise gaining help is important. It’s important that we share where to go for support, for example families, midwives, IBCLCs, GPs and the Australian Breastfeeding Association."
Ms Mayze said World Breastfeeding Weeks was a great opportunity to celebrate women, their babies and toddlers.
"Knowing how breastfeeding benefits our lifelong health and helping mums and their babies get off to a great start is a great reason to come to work each day," she said.
For more information about the Toowoomba Hospital’s lactation service, contact the antenatal clinic on 4616 6000.