Feeding your baby
breast; feeding; breastfeeding; formula; bottle ;
Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed babies. It is good for the health of babies and their mothers as well.
Some women will have breastfeeding difficulties that are hard to overcome and they may need to, or choose to, feed their baby formula. Sometimes formula feeding provides an alternative to breastfeeding that works well for a mother and her family. If your baby is not breastfeeding the only other safe milks to give to a baby are infant formulas. Babies who are formula fed will still grow well and be healthy.
Breastfeeding is a very special time for both mother and baby and it is good for the health of babies and their mothers as well. Many mothers who breast feed have some ups and downs at the start, and sometimes even after they get going. Don't give up unless you really want to: there is a lot of help available and most problems can be overcome.
There are many topics on the Parenting and Child Health part of our website about breastfeeding including:
Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association offers mother-to-mother support and encouragement to breastfeed. It also provides counselling from trained ABA counsellors, a newsletter, a library and other activities. ABA support is available in all states and territories of Australia.
The website is an excellent source of useful hints and information. .
- Breastfeeding Helpline - Australia 1800 686 2 686
If you decide to feed your baby formula, the midwives in hospital will still ask you whether you are sure this is what you want to do. If you say “yes” they will support your decision and make sure you know how to use formula before you go home.
Midwives will show you how to make up the formula and how to feed your baby. Then, while you are in hospital, you will need to make up the formula and feed your baby yourself each time your baby needs a feed, both day and night. This way you will know what to expect when you go home. If you’ve had a caesarean, your midwife will make up your baby’s formula for the first day or two.
There are many topics on the Parenting and Child Health part of our website about how to bottle feed a baby.
Support in South Australia
Child and Family Health Service offers a home visit to all new mothers and the nurse will be able to give you support with breastfeeding. You will also be able to have an appointment at a CAFHS centre - Call 1300 733 606 to find your local centre. A day service appointment may also be useful.
In South Australia staff on the Parent Helpline can also provide information and support. Phone: 1300 364 100
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.