THE BREASTFEEDING Centre of WA is celebrating 20 years of supporting women.
Based at King Edward Memorial Hospital, the centre officially opened in April 1998 and has transformed from a small clinic into a fully-fledged outpatient service, state-wide telephone counselling service and telehealth service.
Midwife and client of the centre Tasmin Hardwick said the service was a blessing.
“It’s so invaluable to a tired, sleep-deprived mother,” she said.
“It can be the difference between stopping breastfeeding and carrying on.”
Former and current staff, clients and their children, along with one of the centre’s founders Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins attended celebrations last week.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Health Minister Alanna Clohesy represented the minister and said the centre significantly contributed to the health, nutrition and wellbeing of infants, young children and mothers, assisting around 1200 women in the last year.
“I once read that we wouldn’t expect someone to play a piano without lessons, yet we expect mums to innately know how to breastfeed,” she said.
“The centre plays an invaluable role in supporting women who want to continue breastfeeding.”