Sunshine Hospital is committed to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. The hospital is currently accredited as a Baby Friendly Health Initiative facility and follows the World Health Organization’s "10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding". For further information see 'Related Links' on this page.
You can read the Western Health breastfeeding policy here.
Find out more about the “Ten steps to successful breastfeeding” at Western Health here and in Vietnamese here.
We also have a Vietnamese breastfeeding resource you can find here.
At present, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the breastfeeding classes are not being held, in line with the need for social distancing.
Instead we have developed the Breastfeeding Class video – available by clicking the link below.
Watch Antenatal Breastfeeding Class 2020 Video
You can also learn more about breastfeeding by reading the handout ‘Learning about breastfeeding during pregnancy’. Please share this with the support people in your life so they can learn about how to support you in your breastfeeding journey.
Our Lactation Service is offered to women birthing with Western Health and is staffed by qualified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and a Mothercraft Nurse.
During pregnancy, women are provided with breastfeeding information by the midwives at their clinic appointments. If you have had difficulties with breastfeeding in the past, or you think you may have challenges after your baby is born, the midwife can refer you to the Lactation Consultants for a phone call or individual appointment.
Women also have the opportunity to attend a breastfeeding class while they are pregnant. Family and friends are also welcome at these classes. It is recommended that you attend this class before you are 30 weeks pregnant, if possible. You can book a breastfeeding class at clinic reception or phone 8345 1727.
If you feel that you need additional breastfeeding support while you are in hospital, before or after having your baby, you can ask the midwife to refer you to the Lactation Consultants.
Once at home, you can contact the Lactation Consultants by phone if you have any questions or concerns.
7 days a weekPhone: 9055 2448