Feeding can be a challenging time for many parents and babies. Fortunately, there are many support avenues available to you. For support, look to:
- Karitane Careline (1300 CARING | 1300 227 464)
Karitane provides feeding support through our free careline. Should you reach us out of hours, an experienced child and family health nurse will phone back within 24 hours, between 12.30pm – 9pm / 11pm – 6am Monday to Thursday, or 9am – 3.30pm Friday to Saturday.
Note: The Karitane Careline is not a crisis line. If your child is unwell, or your question is urgent, please call Health Direct on 1800 022 222 for medical advice, or 000 for emergency.
Don’t hesitate to email KRTNE-OnlineEnquiries@health.nsw.gov.au if you have any feeding questions.
If you’re lucky to have generous friends and family offering to help, request assistance in practical ways. They can help by making meals, doing laundry, hosting play dates, preparing snack boxes and offering emotional support.
- Child and family health nurses
Registered child and family health nurses are qualified in child and family health and are trained to support parents with feeding issues.
- Your local community health centre
Local family health centres are a great place to seek help with feeding. Many centres offer drop-in feeding clinics and/or appointments for difficulties.
www.healthdirect.gov.au l 1800 022 222
- Australian Breastfeeding Association
The ABA is a non-profit organisation run by other breastfeeding mums. Their breastfeeding helpline is staffed by trained volunteers and is available seven days a week.
1800 MUM 2 MUM | 1800 686 268
This trained breastfeeding specialist will provide support and advice, often in a clinical or home setting. Free lactation consultations are available from a child and family health centre. Private consultations will incur a fee. To find a consultant, ask your family doctor or search online.
- Your local feeding clinic
Many large hospitals house specialist feeding clinics. These are often required after oral surgery, feeding tubes, oral trauma, medical conditions or interfering feeding behaviours. Ask your family doctor for a referral.
Karitane Tip: Karitane’s call back service is free of charge, however some mobile providers may charge a fee for dialling Karitane’s number. Please check with your provider if you’re unsure, or dial 9794 2350 for the cost of a local call.