Breastfeeding Rates in Tasmania
While most babies begin life breastfeeding, many stop in the early days and weeks after birth.
Breastfeeding essential for building a better world for future generations
Recent papers published by The Lancet show that breastfeeding is essential for building a better world for future generations in rich and poor countries alike.
Breastfeeding rates in Tasmania
About 90% of Tasmanian babies start breastfeeding.
of Tasmanian babies were breastfeeding when discharged from hospital.
of Tasmanian babies are still breastfeeding at 4 months.
Are you a mother needing help?
Click here to visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website for information and support.
100% of Tasmanian hospitals are Baby-Friendly accredited - the first State or Territory in Australia to achieve this
Mothers who live in the most disadvantaged communities are half as likely to exclusively breastfeeding compared to mothers in the least disadvantaged communities.
Upcoming events in Tasmania
Women need support to keep breastfeeding after they leave hospital. Community facilities like shopping centres and local businesses, workplaces and childcare services can all play a role in supporting women to breastfeeding.
We are an advocacy group working to make Tasmania a more supportive place for breastfeeding.
The amount of potential health dollars that could be saved if 90% of babies were exclusivley breastfeed through to 6 months.
Protection and the law
Breastfeeding is protected through anti-discrimination legislation, regulation of infant formula marketing and the WHO Code. Mothers have the right to feed their baby in any public space. They are protected by law.