This is such a special time in your life! It is also a time of questions, doubts, research and even more questions. At Ameda Australia, we’re committed to helping make your journey as easy and enjoyable as possible.

The information you will find on this site is designed to put you at ease with everything related to breastfeeding and breast pumping. If you have specific product questions or need additional guidance or support during your lactation journey our supportive staff are available to answer your questions.

Mastitis and Thrush

If breastfeeding suddenly becomes painful, you could have a nipple or breast infection. Mastitis What is mastitis? Mastitis is an inflamed or swollen area of the breast. The area may…

Dads and Breastfeeding

Welcome to fatherhood! Learn some ways to help make breastfeeding a success. You are key to your baby getting the best from the very beginning. How can I help my…

Jaundice and Breastfeeding

More than half of newborns get jaundice during their first week. Jaundice is not a disease, it is a common condition that is usually harmless and goes away quickly. What…

Breastfeeding Premature Babies

Your milk is the one thing only you can give your baby. Start pumping soon after birth to build a full supply for when your baby is ready to breastfeed.…

Breastfeeding – Getting Started

The time after a baby is born is exciting and exhausting. Knowing a little bit about breastfeeding before birth may make this time easier for you. Use your babies hard…

Elite Pump & NICU

Does the Ameda Elite breast pump have the ability to bring in and maintain the milk supply of mothers whose babies are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)? Libby…

Ameda Platinum – Milk Volumes

Ameda Platinum® Multi-User Breast Pump: Clinical Evidence of Adequate Milk Volumes The following information was collected from a hospital-based study conducted by T. Larkin, BSN, IBCLC, et al. Focusing on…

Ameda HygieniKit Protection

Ameda HygieniKit with Patented Diaphragm Barrier to Bacterial and Viral Penetration David A. Melzer, B.S. Chemistry Head Product Safety Analyst Hollister Incorporated, Libertyville, Illinois Download Full PDF Introduction Breast pumping systems…

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding provides increased health
benefits for babies and their mothers. The health
benefits of breast milk are due to the species-specific
live cells, antibodies and hormones that are present in
human milk but lacking in formula.
Full term infants are less likely to develop:
• Colds, pneumonia & asthma
• Ear infections
• Diarrhea
• Skin conditions like eczema
• Type 1 and 2 diabetes
• Leukemia
• Obesity
• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Mothers are less likely to develop:
• Breast or ovarian cancer
• Type 2 diabetes
• Postpartum depression

How do I know if breastfeeding will work for me?

Learn about breastfeeding by spending
time with other mothers who breastfeed. Go to a local
breastfeeding support group before your baby is born.
This is a great way to learn about breastfeeding and
meet other breastfeeding mothers. Contact your local
hospital to find out what is available in your area.
You can also attend a breastfeeding class and read a
book about breastfeeding to get you prepared.

Can I breastfeed if my baby is born preterm?

Yes. It depends on how early your baby is
born whether your baby will be able to breastfeed right away or not. If your baby is born very early, you may
need to use a breast pump to build up and keep a full
milk supply until your baby can exclusively breastfeed.

Does breastfeeding hurt?

No, it shouldn’t hurt. At first, it can feel a
little uncomfortable in the first minute or so after your
baby latches. After, you should just feel a tugging feeling
when your baby sucks. If you feel pain throughout
the breastfeeding session, get help from a lactation
consultant to learn how to latch your baby on right.

How often will I need to breastfeed my baby?

The first several weeks, your baby will
breastfeed 8-12 times every 24 hours. Feed your baby
when they are hungry, they will give you signs called hunger
cues. Over time, they will breastfeed less often.

Does the size of my breasts make a difference with the amount of milk I can make?

No. Breast size is determined by the
amount of fatty tissue they contain. Your breast size
does not affect your ability to make milk. Both small and
large breasted women can make enough milk for their
baby’s needs.

How will I know how much milk my baby is getting if I breastfeed?

Easy. What goes in must come out! You
will know how much your baby is getting by how often
he has wet and dirty nappies. Healthy weight gain is also
a good sign that your baby is getting what he needs. You
don’t need to know exactly how much your baby takes.
You only need to know that your baby is thriving. This
can simplify life with a newborn.

I am going back to work. Should I even start breastfeeding?

Yes. Some breastfeeding is always better
than none. When you go back to work you have many
choices:
• Full breastfeeding: Going to your baby or having
your baby brought to you to breastfeed
• Pumping and breastfeeding: Giving pumped milk
to your baby when you are apart and breastfeeding
when you are together
• Pumping, giving formula and breastfeeding
• Formula and breastfeeding

What if my baby wants to breastfeed in public? That makes me uncomfortable

You don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Many places have private nursing lounges. You may even
find that with a little practice and a blanket to cover up,
you can breastfeed anywhere without anyone noticing.

Do I need to watch what I eat and drink if I am breastfeeding?

There aren’t any foods that you must
avoid. The key is to eat a variety of healthy foods and
not eat too much of one thing.

Drink to thirst. Healthy beverages without caffeine are
better, like water, non-fat milk or 100% juice. One or
two caffeinated drinks a day are not likely to cause your
baby to be fussy or wakeful. It is better not to drink
alcohol. A small glass of beer or wine for a special
occasion is usually not a problem.

If I breastfeed, will my partner feel left out?

Your partner is the key to your
breastfeeding success. The first weeks after having a
baby can be both exciting and overwhelming-you are
learning a lot and so is your partner. Your partner can
help in many ways: learning to recognize your baby’s
hunger cues, helping you get comfortable to breastfeed,
helping your stay hydrated and nourished, helping after
breastfeeding to get your baby comfortable, and praising
your efforts. Work together-this is just the beginning of
your days as a family.

Video Resources

Breastfeeding Positions

Cleaning your Finesse

Single & Double Pumping

Finesse - Single Pumping

Getting a good latch

Using your Finesse

Cleaning your HygieniKit

When should I pump?

Suction Issues

Battery Power Issues

Uneven Suction Issues

Suction Issues - Other

Regular part replacements