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A Breastfeeding Friendly Benalla

Latching Onto Breastfeeding Campaign

Benalla Health, the Tomorrow Today Foundation and Benalla Rural City Council are working to improve breastfeeding rates. 

The Central Hume Primary Care Partnership "Latching onto Breastfeeding"campaign was launched to make Benalla a place where mothers feel supported to breastfeed.

The campaign focuses on messages of what dad/partners, family, friends, workplaces, health services and businesses can do to support women to breastfeed.

Having a baby?

Gateway Health have created a app for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The app details what to expect during your pregnancy and breastfeeding. it also shows you where to find breastfeeding-friendly cafes and venues, feed & change facilities.

To download search "breastfeeding gateway". https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.elegantmedia.breastfreeding&hl=en_AU

For breastfeeding friendly places in Benalla click here 

Breastfeeding SMS system

Benalla Health, in partnership with Benalla Rural City Council and the Tomorrow Today Foundation started a  breastfeeding SMS system in 2017. In May 2017 overall feedback was positive. All mothers discharged from Benalla Health midwifery have the option of receiving SMS until their baby is eight weeks old and can opt out at any time. Each text message has a supportive message with contact details of local breastfeeding services. 

See attached for results in 2017

See the presentation of results to the North East and Goulburn Valley Allied Health Conference 2019

As part of the campaign, Benalla Health collected a survey from parents to hear about their  needs and experiences feeding their children (both breast and bottle) in Benalla.

Please see the Benalla Parenting Needs Survey Results.

More information:

For more information please contact Kathryn McQualter (Dietitian) or Deb Smith (Community Health Nurse) on 57614500.