Breastfeeding support services
Goulburn Valley Health Breastfeeding Support Service
Goulburn Valley Health provides a breastfeeding support service for women. The service offers mothers support and advice relating to breastfeeding of their baby and settling techniques.
Staffed by qualified lactation consultants and in a friendly and caring environment, mothers spend the day in a comfortable environment receiving support and reassurance during their breastfeeding journey.
GVH Breastfeeding Support Service
Hospital Main Entry, Graham Street, Shepparton 3630
Phone: (03) 5832 3451.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Shepparton Group for the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) offers counselling, community education, electric breast pump hire and breastfeeding resources for loan. For more information about the group email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association also offers a 24 hour Breastfeeding Support Helpline on 1800 686 2 686.
Maternal and Child Health
Council's Maternal and Child Health service can also provide breastfeeding advice and support.
FamilyCare Parent Child Program
The FamilyCare Parent Child Program is a free service to help parents with children from newborn to 4 years old. The service offers assistance with feeding, sleep and behaviour management. Staff can work with you in your home or in one of FamilyCare's Parent-Child Day-Stay venues.
Council's Breastfeeding Café
Council provides a breastfeeding café every week at Riverside Plaza.
The Breastfeeding Café has been set up to provide a comfortable place for mothers to breastfeed, ask questions, talk to a Maternal and Child Health nurse, enjoy the company of other mothers, and enjoy free tea, coffee and cake!
- Thursdays, 10am to 12 noon
- Riverside Plaza, Shop 21C,
8025 Goulburn Valley Highway,
(located next door to Kialla Medical Centre)
For more information contact the Greater Shepparton Maternal and Child Health Service on 03 5832 9312.
Council has developed a mobile website for breastfeeding friendly locations within the municipality. View the news release. These locations display the Australian Breastfeeding Association ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ stickers.
Parents out-and-about can now find nearby breastfeeding friendly locations by simply visiting the website on their smartphone or tablet, and saving the website into their favourites for future use.
- Best Start Breastfeeding-friendly Locations Website
This website allows parents to search for breastfeeding-friendly locations by the GPS on their mobile device or by manually entering an address.
A hard-copy list of locations that are recognised as breastfeeding friendly locations is also available from Council's offices at 90 Welsford Street Shepparton, from your Maternal and Child Health Nurse, or by calling 03 5832 9312.
Parents Room - Fraser St Shepparton
Located under the Telstra Tower; our parents facility provides a clean, air conditioned environment to feed and change your child. This facility includes a secure feeding area where older children can play, as well as change area and toilet.
The key to this facility can be collected from Little Oak Boutique in the Tower Arcade during the following hours:
- Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm
- Saturday 10am – 2pm
Breastfeeding in the workplace
Information for mothers:
Information for mothers who are interested in breastfeeding while returning to work or study.
Information for employers:
Benefits of breastfeeding
For information in relation to why breastfeeding is so good for babies and their parents, and the benefits of breastfeeding, please visit our Benefits of Breastfeeding page.
For more information about the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the answers to most of your breastfeeding questions, please visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website.
Breastfeeding community mentor training
The Greater Shepparton Breastfeeding Workgroup is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for the following:
Community Breastfeeding Mentoring (10170NAT) is a nationally recognised short course which will be facilitated by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). The course is designed to teach mentoring skills and basic breastfeeding information to people who support breastfeeding in the community.
The course covers:
- mentoring skills such as
- active listening
- cultural respect
- encouragement and support
- where to refer mothers for further support
- breastfeeding knowledge such as
- the importance of breastfeeding
- the establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding
- ‘normal’ infant behaviours
- Identifying common breastfeeding problems and inaccurate breastfeeding information
The Australian Breastfeeding Association delivers this course as an interactive workshop with small group learning activities.
This is a two day workshop: all participants attending the two day workshop will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants who also successfully complete the integrated workshop assessments will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment for the course.
There is an expectation that participants will work with one of the organisations represented on the workgroup in a volunteer capacity following on from the training, for more information about this please contact Breastfeeding Project Officer, Kristie Welch on (03) 5832 9783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this interests you, please complete the following Expression of Interest form online, or download the hardcopy version:
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