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Thursday, June 26, 2008


Being held on Friday 8 August 2008 provided by the Lactation Resource Centre.This sensational educative Workshop is being held in Bendigo, Victoria. The aim of the workshop is to assist health professionals in developing their interactions around breastfeeding with mothers and their families. Open to all health professionals.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Australian Breastfeeding Association

Administrative Officer,
Lactation Resource Centre
Australian Breastfeeding Association Head Office, East Malvern
15 hours per week over three days

An administrative vacancy has arisen for an organised, methodical and thorough person with sound computer skills especially in MS Office including Excel. The main task is the administration of the LRC education programs and resources. To provide an administrative service in response to queries received by the LRC and assist in the collection and dissemination of information The applicant should have a customer service ethic, a problem solving approach to work and an ability to liaise widely with many different people inside and outside the organisation. Database experience and some knowledge of lactation would be useful. Email Kate Mortensen with your resume and application.
Applications close Friday 11 July

Breastfeeding Education Classes

Why Attend?

Australian Research has shown that new mothers wish they had received more preparation for breastfeeding and the early months of parenting prior to the birth of their baby.
Attending an Australian Breastfeeding Association Breastfeeding Education Class complements the knowledge gathered at antenatal classes, and give you the opportunity to:
  • Learn some of the skills you will need to care for your new baby
  • Make informed choices about breastfeeding
  • Realistically prepare for the changes about to happen in your life
  • Discuss questions and concerns you may have about breastfeeding
  • Develop a support network before giving birth
  • Meet other women who share your commitment to breastfeeding
  • Find your own path amidst all the varying advice
What's in the classes?
The relaxed and information packed seminars are a great first introduction to the Australian Breastfeeding Association's support network.
Qualified ABA breastfeeding counsellors and community educators volunteer their time to facilitate these sessions.

Topics will cover:

  • How breastfeeding works?
  • Establishing breastfeeding and the first feed
  • Importance of skin-to-skin contact in the first hours and beyond
  • Positioning and attachment
  • Understanding your milk supply
  • Discussion of what is 'normal' for a breastfed baby
  • Role of fathers/partners in breastfeeding
  • Adjusting to parenthood - survival tips for the early days and weeks with a new baby
  • Common concerns and problem solving

The sessions include:

  • Up to date information and notes to keep
  • Breastfeeding mother and baby in attendance to demonstrate a breastfeed
  • Your partner/support person is strongly encouraged to attend (and attends free)
Find out more and see our class calendar for the rest of 2008 at http://www.abavic.asn.au/BECs.htm


Did you miss out on the fabulous sale at the Mothers Direct shop in East Malvern last week?

Buy online and save at Mothers Direct! Visit www.mothersdirect.com.au for our giant 24-Hour Internet Sale. 20% off all products on our site for 24-hours only - 5pm Monday 23 June 2008 to 5pm Tuesday 24 June 2008. Tell your friends to click through and grab a bargain!

Please note: No further discounts apply during the sale. 20% discount not available on ABA and LRC subscriptions. Online orders only - NO mail, telephone or instore orders.

Toddler Tactics with Pinky McKay!

Were you at one of our seminars with the fabulous Pinky McKay over the past couple of weeks?

We had a fantastic time! What a wealth of knowledge this mum of five and well-known parenting writer shared with parents of toddlers from across Melbourne.

If you couldn't be there, then the next best thing is to renew your subscription as an ABA member before August 31st and you will recieved FREE Pinky's latest book Toddler Tactics.

Look out for our next round of seminars with Pinky!