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.
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
• Skin conditions like eczema
• Type 1 and 2 diabetes
• 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
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
• 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.