As a Baby Friendly Health Initiative accredited hospital Pindara Private Hospital supports breast feeding. Our experienced team are trained to support and care for you as you learn to breastfeed your baby.
Our Breastfeeding Policy is based on the W.H.O. Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Click here to read this policy
Breast feeding is the normal and most beneficial way of feeding your baby. It provides all the essential nutrients for growth, development and protection from illness and disease.
We recommend that your baby has unlimited access to breastfeeds, according to their individual needs, right from birth. This will help establish a good milk supply and is why 24-hour rooming-in (staying close to your baby) is so important.
A general guide to know that your baby is feeding well
- Feeding at least 6-8 times in 24hours
- Has 6-8 pale, wet nappies in 24 hours
- Does soft poos
- Is looking bright and alert and contented
- Is sleeping between most feeds in the 24 hour period, and is gaining satisfactory weight
For ongoing support when at home there are private Lactation Consultants available, Support Groups and The Australian Breast Feeding association. Contact details are provided on discharge.
Breastfeeding information during your pregnancy is available in our Antenatal Classes.
If your informed choice is to artificially feed your baby, we ask that you supply your own formula and bring this into hospital with you. The maternity staff will then provide you with individual instruction on how to feed your baby while you are in hospital.