Breastfeeding Friendly Shoalhaven is a joint initiative between Shoalhaven City Council’s Community Development Team and the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA).
This project has resulted in over 180 venues registering with the ABA as Breastfeeding Friendly Venues.
These venues may display the Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker which was produced to improve community acceptability of breastfeeding in public and to promote breastfeeding friendly businesses. To register venues must have a welcoming attitude, a smoke free environment and room to move a pram.
A wallet size resource card is also available through Shoalhaven City Council which provides the full list of these venues and the location of baby care facilities in the Shoalhaven.
Register your venue with Australian Breast Feeding Association
National Toilet Map shows baby change room locations
Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, and it's all your baby needs during the first six months of life.
Breast milk really is a wonder. Ready-to-go and a meal in one, it's a great start to give your baby.
- Breastfeeding can protect against infection and some chronic diseases, and is linked with improved development in early years
- Breastfeeding makes bonding between you and your baby easier
- Breastfeeding provides many practical benefits for mothers as well as babies
- Most mothers can breastfeed if they have correct information, support and nurturing
- Breast milk is free and comes at no environmental cost!
Breastfeeding Association (open in new window)
The ABA (formerly the Nursing Mothers Association of Australia) is a not for profit volunteer organisation established to support and encourage women who would like to breastfeed their babies, and to raise community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and human milk.
Most of the ABA’s work is carried out by trained volunteers over the ‘phone, online and in the community. Mothers who have breastfed their own children complete their Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education or equivalent through the ABA and then volunteer to assist other mothers. Many services are available free of charge and mothers can pay a small membership fee to access the full range of services and support the Association.
The ABA runs a toll-free 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline – 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268) - as well as offering email counselling via its website and local mums’ support groups.
ABA's breastfeeding counsellors help thousands of mothers every year. As breastfeeding mothers themselves, they know that breastfeeding may not always seem easy. Their experience and training can reassure other mothers and give mothers the knowledge to understand how breastfeeding works and overcome challenges. Counsellors provide counselling and breastfeeding information to any person seeking help.
The Shoalhaven Family Care Centre
66 Berry St, Nowra
Tel: (02) 4422 6111
Breastfeeding Clinic held each Wednesday from 10.30am until 12.30pm at The Shoalhaven Family Care Centre.
Child and Family Health Nurses in attendance, offering support and education on all aspects of breastfeeding, including:-
- Support during breast feeding
- Sore and cracked nipples
- Maintaining milk supply