The Centre in partnership with the Royal Women's Hospital and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have developed new Victorian Breastfeeding Guidelines. These guidelines aim to protect, promote and support breastfeeding mothers across the state.
It is the first major update of Victoria's breastfeeding guidelines in 16 years and was written by Lisa Amir and Anita Moorhead.
All sections of the revised Guidelines have been updated and include information on:
- how breastfeeding works
- best practice guidance
- care of mothers establishing breastfeeding of premature babies
- alternative methods of feeding when breastfeeding is not possible including formula options and donor milk
- breastfeeding and alcohol
The guidelines were funded by the Victorian Government and advice taken from community and hospital-based maternal and child health professionals and mothers themselves.
This ensured valuable feedback to make the content appropriate for clinicians in all settings.
The release of the Victorian Breastfeeding Guidelines came in World Breastfeeding Week.