• ABC - Association of Breastfeeding Counsellors

  • Our Mission

    'To protect the right of the child to an optimal start in life, and to encourage the mother's right to achieve it.'

    Why breastfeed?

    1. To have healthy babies:

    Studies continue to find more health benefits, when a baby is breastfed.

    2. Healthy mothers:

    Breastfeeding has been found to protect women against breast and ovarian cancer.

    3. It is more convenient:

    No preparation needed, always ready at the right temperature, no utensils necessary, no sterilising, is always available and for free.

    4. Increases bonding:

    Breastfeeding is a special attachment between the baby and his mother.

    You can do it

    The key to successful breastfeeding is knowing that you can do it - and you can. Every new beginning needs time to adjust. Do not worry, because Patience, Support and Confidence will work wonders.

    After you have decided that breastfeeding is the best for your baby, ask for help and support from our counsellors.

    We can help

    We are all mothers who have breastfed our own children and are professionally trained to give counselling and support to all mothers who want to breastfeed.  We give support on phone, give support upon birth in the Breastfeeding Clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital, and can come to your home after discharge from there.

    Sue Grech : M’Xlokk area, B’Bugia and Zejtun

    Tel: 21 653 710

    Odette Debono : San Gwann and the vicinity

    Tel:  21 388 760

    Anna Cutajar : Tarxien area

    Tel: 21 697 508 / 796 975 08

    Simone Galea : Fgura area

    Tel: 21 675 747 / 79 057 345

    Charmaine Galea : Qormi area

    Tel:  21 494 766 / 998 371 70

    Sandra Bianco : Area not restricted

    Tel: 21 637 557 (mid Sep – Jun)

    Tel: 21 576 476 (Jul – mid Sep)

    Mob: 99 239 089

    Should a mother needs home assistance in an area that is not listed above or for any reason cannot establish contact with the counsellor covering her area, can contact the counsellor most close to her area and be led from there.

    Donations are highly appreciated to compensate for expenses.

    More about Breastfeeding.

    Optimal Breastfeeding Behaviours

    Put baby to the breast as soon as it is born;

    Keep baby near you in hospital and at home;

    Breastfeed, whenever the baby is hungry, both day and night;

    Give baby only breastfeeds for about six months;

    After six months, give baby breastfeeds and fresh food;

    Continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years or more if you want;

    Breastfeed always, even if you or the baby are sick;

    Do not use bottles, but cups or spoons;

    Mothers should eat and drink enough to be satisfied.

    Breastfeeding Knowhow

    It is essential to feel comfortable whilst breastfeeding your baby. Sit or lie down, feed in any position you like.

    Tips:

    The baby's head should be level with your breast and his/her tummy touching yours.

    Always bring the baby to your breast and not your breast to your baby.

    The baby has to have a good mouthful of both the nipple and areola (the brown circle surrounding the nipple).

    From the first day onwards .

    First Few Days: Baby drinks colostrum - the perfect food for every newly born baby.

    Approx. 3/5 days: Milk becomes much richer and whiter in colour. At the beginning of each feed, baby drinks foremilk which quenches his/her thirst. After a few minutes the breast produces hind milk which is high in fat and satisfies the baby's hunger. Baby should be fed on demand, which means according to when he/she wants and for how long she/he wants. On average, a breastfed baby feeds every 2/3 hours. Some babies like to feed more often. New-born babies sometimes need to suckle on the breasts as a comfort measure after feeding.

    About 5/6 weeks: If your baby is demanding more frequent feeds than he usually has, he/she is most probably going through a growth spurt. Allow baby to feed accordingly as this will increase your milk supply to satisfy the baby's new demand.

    Your baby needs nothing else, only your milk. Not even water !

    About 6 months: Baby may start to taste fresh fruit, while still breastfeeding. Continue to breastfeed your baby for as long as you and your baby want to.

    Breastmilk is made to suit the age of your baby - whether premature, born at full term, few months old or even a toddler.








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