- About the Australian Breastfeeding Association
- Vision, Mission and Values
- Programs and Services
- Contact Details
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1964 to encourage and support mothers who would like to breastfeed their babies, while creating in the community an awareness of the importance of human milk.
As the normal way to feed and nurture infants, for babies to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, with continuing breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond.
As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding, to:
- Educate society and support mothers, using up-to-date research findings and the practical experiences of many women;
- Influence society to acknowledge breastfeeding as normal and important to skilled and loving parenting.
- Mother-to-mother support;
- Skilled and loving parenting (in society);
- Excellence and innovation in breastfeeding support;
- The wellbeing and diversity of our people;
- Cooperation and teamwork;
- Honest, open and respectful communication;
- Clear and transparent processes.
The ABA runs a 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268). Volunteer breastfeeding counsellors answer calls on a roster system, with more than 75,000 calls being taken each year. A volunteer breastfeeding counsellor is a mother who has breastfed her own child(ren) and has completed a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (or equivalent) through the ABA.
The service provided by the Breastfeeding Helpline can support mothers experiencing difficulty and offer information and suggestions so mothers can make informed choices. The Breastfeeding Helpline is supported by funding from the Australian Government and is toll-free from landlines.
For further information, visit http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/ or contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association to find out more information on:
03 9885 0855
1800 mum 2 mum
1800 686 268
For more information on breastfeeding, including what to eat while breastfeeding and contraception after childbirth, see Breastfeeding.