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Australian Breastfeeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1964 to encourage and support mothers who want to breastfeed their babies, while raising community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and human milk to child and maternal health.

ABA’s 1200 trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors and community educators provide services over the phone, online and face-to-face in the community to support mothers.

These services include the 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268), eCounselling, antenatal Breastfeeding Education Classes, local support groups and evidence-based information provided online and in books and other literature. Mothers access the full range of ABA benefits by becoming a member.

Breastfeeding counsellors are mothers who have breastfed at least one baby and have completed a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education. They work voluntarily to provide empathy, reassurance and up-to-date information to help other mothers.

The ABA’s Lactation Resource Centre (LRC) collects research and information on breastfeeding from around the world into an accessible resource library. The LRC provides professional development opportunities and expert assistance to health professionals working with breastfeeding mothers. Training includes live venue and online seminars and home study courses.

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Attachment to the breast | Australian Breastfeeding Association

A baby who attaches well to the breast can help prevent many breastfeeding problems. The well-attached baby causes no nipple pain and drains the breast well. This helps ensure a good milk supply so the baby grows well. In this article you can find out how to attach your baby well using different techniques and holds, including baby-led attachment, the cradle hold, the underarm (football) hold and lying down.

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Breastfeeding and IVF | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Women who use IVF to try to fall pregnant may be worried about:whether breastfeeding may affect their chances of falling pregnant

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Postnatal depression and breastfeeding | Australian Breastfeeding Association

How breastfeeding relates to postnatal depression varies between mothers. It can be either positive or negative. For some mothers, breastfeeding can help reduce the chance of postnatal depression or shorten how long it lasts. For others it may cause a lot of stress and anxiety. It can sometimes be helpful for those mothers to stop breastfeeding.

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Breast abscess | Australian Breastfeeding Association

When mastitis is not treated promptly, a breast abscess can form. This may require the mother to go to hospital and have the abscess surgically drained. In some cases, the mother can avoid hospital but, over several days, her medical adviser will drain the abscess using a syringe. This does not mean the end of breastfeeding. However, if the drain in the wound is close to the nipple, the baby may not be able to attach to that side for a while.

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Can you return to work and still breastfeed? | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Many mothers successfully combine work and breastfeeding. Our work environment continues to change, and as many more women return to the work force, many workplaces now have greater awareness of the importance of individual family responsibilities, and include this in workplace policies.

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Radiology and breastfeeding | Australian Breastfeeding Association

From time to time a breastfeeding mother may need to have a radiological examination and she may be concerned about how it may affect breastfeeding.Common radiological examinations

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