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The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) advocates for a breastfeeding inclusive society.

ABA does this by:

1. increasing awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding support amongst key policy and decision makers

2. developing strategic alliances with relevant and influential organisations.


Position statements

As the peak body and leading voice for breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in Australia, ABA has developed a series of position statements that explain our views on important issues:

**2022 Federal Election**

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has prepared an 'election priorities' document that outlines the key action areas in the coming years. You will find the downloadable pdf by scrolling down this page. 
You will also find the official responses from each major party by finding the attached PDF documents at the bottom of this page. 


ABA aims to influence policymakers and impact policies to ensure they consider the needs of breastfeeding women by creating environments that enable women to breastfeed their babies, and removing barriers that prevent women from breastfeeding their babies.
ABA regularly responds to consultations by making submissions.


Creating alliances with relevant and influential organisations amplifies ABA’s voice and increases ABA’s visibility and reach.
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) assists countries to assess the status of, and benchmark the progress in, implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in a standard way. The WBTi assessment tool was designed by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) for countries to use to benchmark and improve policies and programs that protect, promote and support the right of women and children to breastfeed. The tool scores countries based on the recommendations included in the 2003 Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. A team was formed in Australia in 2017 to undertake the Australia’s first assessment. The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a part of the ‘core’ team along with Lactation Consultants Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and Breastfeeding Advocacy Australia. The assessment was completed and published in May 2018 and can be viewed here:
For further information on the activities of the WBTi Australian team check out their blog:
Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy
The Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2019 and Beyond is an enduring strategy which seeks to achieve an enabling environment for breastfeeding through policies, baby-friendly health settings, health professional education and training, and universal and targeted breastfeeding education and support services.
The strategy was developed in collaboration with all states and territories through the Breastfeeding Jurisdictional Senior Officials Group (BJOG), a Breastfeeding Expert Reference Group, and through public consultation. All Health Ministers endorsed the Strategy on 8 March 2019.


ABA is actively working to foster collaborations with academics and universities to:

·         provide ABA with support for external research applications 

·         maintain links with breastfeeding researchers

·         maintain ABA as Australia's breastfeeding authority 

·         provide to collaborating universities a collection of ABA-preferred research topics for universities to include in their topic lists for post-graduate students.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

ABA entered into a formal agreement with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in early 2021.

The two organisations have agreed to work together for the benefit of either or both organisations or the wider community.

An ABA portal has been added to the ACU student learning management system where students can learn about and access ABA resources, products, services and memberships.

In 2021, a prize of an ABA Professional Membership was awarded to a graduating midwife who demonstrated commitment to lactation knowledge and breastfeeding support. 

Join Us Research Register

The Join Us Research Register (Join Us) allows Australians to participate in life-saving health and medical research. It is a secure register that matches participants with research studies addressing Australia’s biggest health challenges.

ABA has partnered with Join Us since early 2021 and is represented on both Partner Organisation Committee and the Consumer Engagement & Recruitment Advisory Committee.

ABA’s involvement came about because of a need for breastfeeding women to be included, not actively excluded, in research studies, particularly clinical trials of new treatments including vaccinations.

ABA has agreed to promote Join Us through our networks with the goal of recruiting research participants.