Australian launch - Need to Inve$t in Babies
Reverend Tim Costello launched The Need to Inve$t in Babies in Australia this week. The global advocacy paper calls for greater financial investment to create an enabling environment for breastfeeding.
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.
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.
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
Australian Breastfeeding Coalition National Conference: Liquid Gold
World Breastfeeding Week – World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
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.
The amount of potential health dollars that could be saved if 90% of babies were exclusivley breastfeed through to 6 months.
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.
Here's a selection of our members.
- Launceston Birth Centre
- Child Health and Parenting Service, Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Education Tasmania
- Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Development Division
- Diabetes Tasmania
- Eat Well Tasmania
- The Lactation Network
- Pharmaceutical Society Australia, Tasmanian Branch
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
- Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand
- Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
- Baby Friendly Tasmania Reference Group
- Dietetic Department, Royal Hobart Hospital
- Lactation Consultants, Maternity Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital