Breastfeeding Centre of WA

The Breastfeeding Centre of WA provides breastfeeding information and support for families in Western Australia.

Appointments at the Breastfeeding Centre are available to mothers and babies who attended King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) for their pregnancy and birth.

The centre offers a state-wide telephone counselling service for health professionals and women experiencing breastfeeding problems. It may be necessary to leave your name and number on an answering machine and a lactation consultant will return your call.

Phone 08 64581844 0800 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday (Public Holiday’s excluded)

Attending the centre enables a mother and her baby / babies to spend up one and a half hours with the help of a lactation consultant overcoming breastfeeding difficulties. A support person is very welcome to attend the appointment.

Referrals

Mothers who birthed at KEMH are encouraged to self-refer. Other referral sources include:
  • Midwife (FBC/ MGP/ CMP)
  • Visiting Midwifery Service
  • Community Nurse / Midwife
  • Obstetrician
  • General Practitioner (GP).

What to bring to the centre

  • Baby health record book
  • Expressing equipment you may be using
  • Nappies and change of clothes for baby
  • Wear comfortable clothes for breastfeeding.

KEMH is a Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) Accredited Hospital where a mothers informed choice of feeding is encouraged, respected and supported. BFHI accredited hospitals follow the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff. 
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. *Place babies in skin to skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour and encourage mothers to recognise when their babies are ready to breastfeed, offering help if needed. 
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants. 
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated. 
  7. Practice rooming-in; allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day. 
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. 
  9. Give no artificial teats or dummies to breastfeeding infants. 
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge.


Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1844
Email: ClinicalMidwiferyC@health.wa.gov.au

Key contacts

Liz Ashton
A/Coordinator of Midwifery
(08) 6458 1845
Email: liz.ashton@health.wa.gov.au

Myra Kildunne
A/CMC Breastfeeding Centre
Visiting Midwifery Service
Adolescent Service
(08) 6458 1845
Email: myra.kildunne@health.wa.gov.au

Catherine Hardwick
Clinical Midwife/Lactation Consultant
(08) 6458 1844
Email: Catherine.hardwick@health.wa.gov.au

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
8.00am to 4.30pm 

Location

Ground Floor Agnes Walsh House (Building Q)
(Next door to KEMH main entrance)
374 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6008

Resources

HealthyWA

More information

Chapter 7 of our 'Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby' book provides lots of information about breastfeeding. A printed copy of the book is provided to all women who birth under our care or you can download your copy here.