Why is breastfeeding important?

Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers.

What rights do breastfeeding mothers have?

Mothers may face backlash for feeding their babies in public places but it’s a baby’s right to be breastfed wherever they are.

It's against the law for a person to discriminate against you either directly or indirectly on the grounds of breastfeeding.

For example it is discriminatory for a waiter to decline to serve a patron who is breastfeeding.

What does it mean if someone cannot breastfeed?

There are some women who cannot breastfeed because of challenges beyond their control, and others who simply don’t want to breastfeed. It is always your choice and your decision.

Where can I seek seek help about breastfeeding?

You can find information through the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268. Th helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed by trained volunteer counsellors who can provide reassurance, give you knowledge about how breastfeeding works, and help you to overcome common hurdles.