Helpful advice for breastfeeding mothers.

A learning period for mum and baby

The health benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented. But just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it always comes naturally. On this page we’ve pulled together breastfeeding information you may find useful.

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When you can’t breastfeed your baby

While most women want to breastfeed, there are some who unfortunately can’t. Here, we provide some helpful advice and information for new mums.

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Breastfeeding: advice on getting started

You may have heard ‘breast is best’, but that doesn’t mean breastfeeding is easy. Here is some helpful advice to keep in mind when you’re starting to breastfeed.

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Is it time to see a lactation consultant?

When breastfeeding’s not going so well, here’s where you can find a lactation consultant and what to expect from your session.

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How to prevent and treat mastitis

Tips on preventing and treating mastitis, as well as signs and symptoms to look out for.

Medibank health support and services

As a Medibank member with hospital cover, you get more than just health insurance. You get extra support, when you need it most. 

24/7 Medibank Nurse

Health concerns keeping you up at night? With hospital cover you’re supported by Medibank nurses on our 24/7 Medibank Nurse phone service. ~

Mental Health Phone Support

Members with Hospital cover~ can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Health concierge

Eligible members with hospital cover can now talk to a member of our Health Concierge team for advice and guidance on preconception health, fertility, and how to have a healthy pregnancy, at no extra cost. #

Medibank has a wide range of health and wellbeing services to support eligible members who are planning on starting a family, expecting a new addition, or caring for their growing family.

Looking for more information?

We’ve collected useful information to help guide parents through the pregnancy stage of becoming a parent.

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Looking for something else?

Visit our Planning, Pregnancy and Parenthood homepage to find more tools and advice to help you at every stage of your journey.

Things you should know

~ OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

∓ The Medibank sleep support line is available to eligible members with Bronze hospital cover and above. Excludes Overseas Visitor Health Cover, Working Visa Health Cover and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Waiting periods may apply. Some referred services may involve out of pocket costs.

# Health Concierge is available to all eligible Medibank members who hold hospital cover. Excludes Overseas Visitor Health Cover, Working Visa Health Cover and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Some referred services may involve out of pocket costs.

Δ Waiting periods and annual limits apply.

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).