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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pregnancy, Babies and Children's Expo

Hello to all those expectant and new parents who came to say hello at the 2010 Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children's Expo!

Our volunteers have been very busy handing out information bags to visitors, telling them about our association and helping with questions about breastfeeding.

Lots of interest in our Breastfeeding Education Classes, so if you are thinking of booking a place, hurry so you don't miss out!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Morning Tea for World Breastfeeding Week!

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with morning tea :) Come along and meet mothers and health professionals over a cuppa.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1–7 with hospitals and health services this year being encouraged to adopt the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

The newly-formed Dandenong Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and the theme is Breastfeeding: Just 10 Steps — the Baby-Friendly Way. The Dandenong Group will be holding a special morning tea at the Dandenong Breastfeeding Centre 3/71 Robinson St Dandenong on Wednesday August 4th 2010 between 10am and 12pm for World Breastfeeding Week.

The 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding were developed by the World Health Organization and have been proven to help more mothers to breastfeed, says Breastfeeding Centre Manager and Breastfeeding Counsellor Yvette O’Dowd. ‘The 10 Steps involves hospitals ensuring their maternity practices support mothers and babies to breastfeed.

‘In Australia over 80% of new mothers choose to breastfeed their babies so we need to support them in that choice as much as we can’, she said.
The 10 Steps include things such as training staff in breastfeeding care, informing pregnant women about how breastfeeding works, placing babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers after birth, showing mothers how to breastfeed and allowing mothers and babies to remain together 24 hours a day.

The 10th step involves referring mothers to breastfeeding support services once they leave hospital.

‘This is where the Australian Breastfeeding Association can link in with hospital services‘, Yvette O’Dowd said. ‘The Association supports mothers by offering a 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline as well as local groups, breastfeeding classes and breast pump hire’.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Noble Park photo shoot for breastfeeding promotion

Mothers and breastfed babies are needed for posters and brochures promoting breastfeeding in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Our next professional photo session will be held on Tuesday April 20th in Noble Park between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

All volunteers will receive a CD of photos taken, which can be reproduced for family use. The photographer is female, a mother and works regularly with breastfeeding women and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

The photos will be taken within walking distance of Noble Park station and will include public locations. Women will be photographed individually feeding their baby as well as in groups chatting and playing. All photos will be discrete. We wish to educate the community about breastfeeding in public and the need to support breastfeeding mothers.

If you are interested in taking part, please telephone or email Yvette

Australian Breastfeeding Association
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 4pm
Suite 3/71 Robinson Street Dandenong VIC 3175
03 9791 4644