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Local author’s inspired children’s book

Tasmanian author Luana Towney celebrates the release of her first book, Lola's New Cousin, a children's story about breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding rates in Tasmania

90%

About 90% of Tasmanian babies start breastfeeding.

75%

of Tasmanian babies were breastfeeding when discharged from hospital.

56%

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.

Supporting breastfeeding

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.

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Baby-friendly

100%

100% of Tasmanian hospitals are Baby-Friendly accredited - the first State or Territory in Australia to achieve this

Find out about Baby-Friendly accreditation

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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

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24-24 Nov

Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania meeting

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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. The WHO Code and regulation of infant formula marketing in Australia help to protect breastfeeding from commercial interests.

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2 billion

The amount of potential health dollars that could be saved if 90% of babies were exclusivley breastfeed through to 6 months.

About us

Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania brings together many groups interested in creating a more supportive environment for breastfeeding women. We do this by advocating for better facilities, support and protection for breastfeeding.

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Coalition members

Here's a selection of our members.

  • Australian Society of Independent Midwives
  • Child Health Association Tasmania
  • Department of Education Tasmania
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Development Division
  • Diabetes Tasmania
  • Eat Well Tasmania
  • The Lactation Network
  • University of Tasmania
  • Oral Health Services Tasmania, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tasmanian Early Years Foundation
  • Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand
  • Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
  • Womens Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lactation Consultants, Maternity Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital