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Information about breastfeeding

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I'm pregnant, how can I prepare for breastfeeding?

I am a breastfeeding mother: what can I do?

Who can help?

I'm pregnant, how can I prepare for breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding1If you are pregnant, read below for some things you can do now to prepare for, or learn more about breastfeeding.

I am a breastfeeding mother: what can I do?

If you or your baby are having trouble with breastfeeding, or you just want some support, see below for some suggested actions you can take.

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your and your baby's healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Your midwife

Well Child providers

Read more about Well Child providers.

La Leche League

Visit the La Leche League (LLL) website or learn about their support groups.

Breastfeeding peer counsellors

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding peer counsellors are available to support pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Lactation consultants

If you or your baby are having trouble breastfeeding, your doctor, practice nurse, Well Child provider, or midwife can arrange for you to see a certified lactation consultant.

Family assistance providers

Family assistance providers include a variety of services, which are usually free of charge. Read more about:

Christchurch Hospital Child Health Services

If your doctor is worried about your child's health or growth, they may refer your child to Christchurch Hospital Child Health Services, where normally your child will be seen as an outpatient.

On the next page: Breastfeeding factsheets

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