If you or your baby are in hospital

If you or your baby are in hospital

If you or your baby need a planned or unplanned visit to hospital, you will be supported with breastfeeding.

If your baby is born premature or is unwell

Some babies who are born premature or unwell may have difficulty with breastfeeding from the beginning. If this happens to you, there is support and advice available for your individual situation.

Planned admissions

If you or your baby has a planned admission to hospital, e.g. surgery:

  • Speak with a health professional about what is important for you and your baby for feeding before your go.
  • Let the doctor and nursing staff know what you would like to happen.
  • Express some breast milk before the admission and take it with you to hospital.

For your baby

The Paediatric and Neonatal (baby) wards at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children will support you with your breast milk supply and offer it to your baby wherever possible. The new unit has been designed with the space to do this.

Unplanned admissions

If you or your baby has an unplanned admission to hospital:

  • Let the doctor and nursing staff know what you would like to happen.
  • Ask the nursing staff to contact the lactation consultant for feeding support.

If a form of nutrition other than breast milk needs to be offered to your baby, this will be discussed with you.