Breastfeeding ... with ABA blog. 19 November, 2020.
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Introducing ‘Breastfeeding … with ABA’, a new blog and podcast brought to you by volunteers from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
‘Breastfeeding … with ABA’ is a podcast about breastfeeding made by parents, for parents. The podcast comes together with this blog that provides more information and links to our evidence-based articles. We’ll be covering milk supply, cracked nipples, sleep, and much more!
When you’re a new mum or dad, you need information that’s easy to access and easy to understand. You need to know it’s from a source you can trust. Most of all you need support and understanding from people who know what you’re going through as your world is turned upside-down.
In these uncertain times, it can be hard to find support. Many of us can’t visit family or friends, and new parents’ groups aren’t running.
We know that you love your baby or babies beyond measure. We know you want what is best for your children. We know that you’re doing the very best you can. We know, because we’ve been there. We are parents, just like you.
ABA was started in 1964 by a group of mums in a suburban loungeroom who wanted to breastfeed their babies and support each other. Fast forward more than 50 years and ABA is still supporting families to breastfeed their babies.
We are here for you and even if a global pandemic means we can’t meet face-to-face, we can be your virtual shoulder to lean on.
On Season 1 of ‘Breastfeeding … with ABA’, you will hear mothers who’ve been through it all talk about the early days after your baby is born — waiting for your milk to come in; dealing with or hopefully avoiding cracked nipples; breastfed babies and poo; managing our milk supply; sleep; crying and fussy babies; and most importantly, finding your village.
We know that every challenge can be faced when you have your village around you. We know because we’ve faced them too.
The pod episodes are short enough to listen to during a breastfeeding session and you can dip back and re-listen any time you need. ABA is Australia-wide so your presenters will come from around Oz.
The blog is a companion to the pod episodes. It is an easy-to-read, conversational style overview of our evidence-based information and includes links to our website.
While you’re waiting for the next blog and podcast to drop, join the conversation in our private Facebook support group, ‘Breastfeeding with ABA’.
With members all over Australia and supported by trained ABA breastfeeding counsellors and community educators, you can ask questions and access support in a private online forum. Think of us as your virtual mothers’ group!
Join ‘Breastfeeding with ABA’ by clicking here and answering the joining questions.
WORDS // Sky Mykyta
Sky Mykyta is an ABA-trained breastfeeding community educator from Western Melbourne. She has been volunteering with ABA for over 10 years. She lives with her partner, their two beautiful children and too many pets. Sky is passionate about families getting access to the information and support they need to meet their goals.
For breastfeeding counselling, please call the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 mum2mum or 1800 686 268. The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes. The National Breastfeeding Helpline is supported by funding from the Australian Government.
Here are more ways you can get information and support right now:
- Tune into our companion podcast on this topic. Search for 'Breastfeeding ... with ABA' on your podcast app or listen here.
- Download our free breastfeeding booklet Breastfeeding Confidence.
- Download our mum2mum app via the App store or Google Play.
- Join the Breastfeeding with ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association) Facebook group and answer the joining questions.
- Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Chat with a volunteer via LiveChat on our website.
- Sign up for an interactive and informative breastfeeding class.
- Get books and resources on general and specialist breastfeeding topics.
- Join ABA as a member to get your free copy of our best-selling book Breastfeeding … naturally + free access to all premium content on the mum2mum app + discounted breastfeeding classes + half-price breast pump hire + unlimited access to ABA events + more!
Find out more about Breastfeeding … with ABA.