Breastfeeding

​Welcome, Nau mai, haere mai, tāuti mai rā, to the Canterbury District Health Board’s “Breastfeeding” page. Below are many helpful links to support women, babies/pēpi and their family/whanau with lactation, breastfeeding and infant feeding.

We encourage all women and their supporters to come along to our
Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2017 whether it is for their first or subsequent baby. Classes are held each month. Breastfeeding, lactation and infant feeding are supported by all the midwives working in Birthing Suite, and Maternity Ward and the nurses in the Neonatal Unit. Christchurch Women’s Hospital along with the primary units - Burwood Birthing Unit, Lincoln Maternity Hospital and Rangiora Hospital - are all Baby Friendly accredited.

Lactation Consultants

A Lactation Consultant is an allied health professional who specialises in  breastfeeding, taking into consideration the unique needs and values of each breastfeeding family. The Lactation Consultants provide education and advice about lactation to mothers as well as staff to ensure you receive consistent and appropriate advice about the initiation, establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding.

A referral to a Lactation Consultant can be made by either your LMC midwife or a core midwife/nurse. Please ask if you are experiencing problems and would like to be referred to a Lactation Consultant. The lactation consultant service is available 7 days a week from 0730hrs till 16.00hrs. 

Breastfeeding Advice

Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2017  at Christchurch Women's Hospital.

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  • Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.

  • Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.

  • Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.

  • Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour or birth.

  • Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.

  • Give newborn infants of breastfeeding mothers no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.

  • Practise rooming-in. Allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.

  • Encourage 'breastfeeding on demand'.

  • Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to a breastfeeding infant.

  • Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital.

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Information about breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding fact sheet

Breastfeeding support 

Breastfeeding resources and support  

Other resources

Canterbury Breastfeeding Network website

Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service website
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Page last reviewed: 01 May 2017
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