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Barwon Health / Maternity Services

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Breastfeeding your Pupup

Traditionally breastfeeding is a natural practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women.  The traditional way is to breastfeed for up to four years, sometimes longer, gradually introducing nutritious foods which can include bush foods.  These days, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you exclusively breastfeed up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with the introduction of solid foods up to two years of age or beyond.

There are many factors that support and encourage breastfeeding in the community, some of the most important are positive role models (mums and Aunties), supportive environments and having knowledge and self-confidence.  It’s also good to remember that breastfeeding is free, helps your baby fight infections, you can feed anywhere and any time, and there is no mess and no waste. 

Last Modified: Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Related Links

"Just let them feed" video Breastfeeding resource video made by the Western Arrarnta people of Ntaria (Hermannsburg, NT) 

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