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The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is the largest information and support service for breastfeeding in Australia. ABA is known as an authority worldwide. ABA supports and encourages women who wish to breastfeed or provide breastmilk for their babies. ABA services include membership, a 24‑hour free Breastfeeding Helpline, local groups, education and many resources. Find a wealth of information for parents and for health professionals on our website breastfeeding.asn.au
What breastfeeding education (if any) are undergraduate health students receiving? Mindy Booker, student dietitian (Honours) (QUT)
Inaccurate and inconsistent advice from health professionals is commonly reported by women as a barrier on their breastfeeding journey (Clifford & McIntyre, 2004; Department of Health, 2018). A number of studies have identified that a wide range of health professionals, including general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians have low levels of breastfeeding knowledge and skills, and clinicians report that they do not feel confident supporting breastfeeding women (Yang et al, 2019; Bagwell et al 1993; Fei Sim et al, 2018; Ryan & Smith, 2017; Taveras et al, 2004).