Support for breastfeeding mothers
Monday, 8th December, 2008
Breastfeeding mothers in the local region can now enjoy better access to information, advice and support from lactation consultants and midwives.
The new Breastfeeding Support Clinic was officially opened at the Greater Western Area Health Service's Child and Family Health Centre this week.
The clinic will be open every Thursday from 11am until 3pm.
Community Midwife and Lactation Consultant Ann Wiseman said the aim of the clinic was to encourage mothers to breastfeed and address problems which lead to the cessation of breast feeding.
Common problems that the clinic will be able to provide advice on include nipple trauma, management of engorgement, management of blocked ducts and prevention of mastitis, management of oral infections, expressing and storing breast milk, infant teething, introduction of solids and weaning.
Ms Wiseman said the clinic could also provide advice to mothers returning to work.
The new clinic was developed in collaboration with the hospital's maternity unit to promote, protect and support breast feeding in Broken Hill.
Ms Wiseman said that it was important to do as much as possible to encourage mothers to breastfeed.
"Breastfeeding is a very natural thing to do," Ms Wiseman said.
"The benefits to the baby, mother and environment are very significant."
The clinic is located inside the Child and Family Health Centre at 2 Oxide Street.
The centre also has a designated area in which mothers can breastfeed their babies in private.