Call for a stronger stance on marketing infant formula
Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania calls for the new federal Minister for Health to take a stronger stance on the marketing of infant formula.
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
Breastfeeding: Challenge your thinking seminar
Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania meeting
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.
- Australian Medical Association, Tasmania
- Calvary Health Care Tasmania
- Department of Education Tasmania
- Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Development Division
- Diabetes Tasmania
- Glenorchy City Council
- Menzies Research Institute Tasmania
- Oral Health Services Tasmania, Department of Health and Human Services
- Pharmaceutical Society Australia, Tasmanian Branch
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
- Tasmanian Early Years Foundation
- Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services
- Baby Friendly Tasmania Reference Group
- Lactation Consultants, Maternity Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital