Feeding your baby

The evidence available indicates that breastfeeding has a range of health benefits for infants, children and mothers. Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane promotes, encourages and supports breastfeeding. We believe that almost every woman, when given accurate information and education with adequate support and encouragement, can achieve successful lactation and breastfeeding.

If you, or your baby, have special requirements your midwife or doctor may refer you to the Mater Mothers’ Breastfeeding Support Service. This specialist service is run by qualified lactation consultants who are experienced in caring for newborn, premature and special needs babies.

Mater supports the World Health Organisation's Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding which states that every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  • have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff
  • train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy
  • inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding
  • help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth
  • show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants
  • give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated
  • practise rooming-in—that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together—24-hours a day
  • encourage breastfeeding on demand
  • give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants
  • foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

While Mater supports these recommendations we respect your right to choose how you feed your baby, and will support your decision with guidance and advice.

If you have chosen to bottle feed your baby, please bring with you one tin of newborn formula, bottles, teats, a soft bottle brush and an airtight container for storage.

For your reference Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane produces a number of breastfeeding resources. 

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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