Breastfeeding guide

Breastfeeding provides significant health benefits for mother and baby.
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  • Updated:5 Sep 2009


  • Australian Breastfeeding Association ( 24hour helpline Tel 1800 6862 686
  • Healthdirect Australia is a 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by Registered Nurses to provide expert health advice. It is currently available to residents of the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Healthdirect will be made progressively available to residents of New South Wales and Tasmania, it’s scheduled to be a national service by 2011. Phone 1800 022 222
  • Raising Children Website ( developed with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.


Early childhood health centres

Usually provided by your state or territory health service. They provide parenting advice, information and healthcare services such as advice and help with breastfeeding problems

  • ACT
    Community Health, ph: (02) 6207 1043, Parentlink, phone13 34 27 - 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
  • NSW
    For centre locations throughout New South Wales, consult your local White Pages under the heading 'Early Childhood Health Centre' or 'Community Health Centre',
    Specialist centres:
    Tresillian , helpline (02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357;
    Karitane , phone 1300 227 464;
    Parentline (Centacare), ph 13 20 55
  • NT
    Northern Territory Department of Health & Community Services - Community Care Centres ph: (08) 8999 2400
  • QLD
    Queensland Health Community Child Health Service 24hrs Health line staffed by nurses, ph: 13 43 25 84 (Queensland)
    Infant feeding support clinics:
    Ellen Barron Family Centre, located in the Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Rd, Chermside, Brisbane, ph (07) 3139 6500.
    Alderley Child Health Clinic, Shop 4, 24 South Pine Road, Alderley,
    Kallangur Child Health Centre, 126 School Road, Kallangur
  • SA
    Check the White pages under 'Child & Youth Health' or call Child & Youth Health, Child and Youth Health Parent Helpline (24hrs), ph: 1300 364 100
  • TAS
    Family, Child & Youth Health Service, Department of Health & Human Services, Child Health Centre locations & contact details, ph: PITAS - Parent Information Telephone Assistance Service 1300 808 178.
  • VIC 
    Contact your local council for your nearest centre or call Maternal and Child Health Service, Support Telephone Line (24hrs) ph: 13 22 29
    Early Parenting Centres:
    O'Connell Family Centre (03) 8416 7600,
    Tweddle Child + Family Health Service (Mother & Baby Unit) (03) 9689 1577,
    Queen Elizabeth Mother/Baby Unit (03) 9549 2777
  • WA 
    Child Health Services, clinic locations, Health Info line, 1300 135 030

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