Here at YouSave Chemist we believe that while breastfeeding is best for baby, but understand that this isn't always possible and where here to help where we can. Some parents will have trouble with breastfeeding so the team have collected some helpful information and resources available to you.

Why is breastfeeding so important?

Breastmilk is the normal food for babies, perfectly designed by nature for human infants. Containing all baby's nutritional needs for the first 6 months of life, breastmilk satisfies your baby both when they are hungry or thirsty. Research shows, it will increase a baby's resistance to infection and disease, and lessens the risk of allergy and food intolerance.

Breastfeeding is important for mothers too. Convenient, cheap, fresh, clean and safe, breastmilk is always there when you need it. Mum's say that at times it will help settle a fussy, unhappy baby. Medically it helps a mother's uterus return to normal sooner after childbirth and mothers' who don't breastfeed have increased risks of cancer of the breast and ovaries, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Breastfeeding also helps create a close and loving bond between you and your baby and can be a deeply satisfying experience for you both. While initial tenderness is normal, breastfeeding shouldn't be painful. However a baby's size, or health conditions could effect your breastfeeding experience. If you are having troubles with your child connecting to your breast contact your doctor or medical professional to talk in lengths and discuss options available.

Where else can you find help?

The Australian Breastfeeding Association runs a National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 686 268 (1800 mum 2 mum) which you can call 7-days a week. Run on a volunteer roster system these trained counsellors are answering as many as 6,000 calls a month. While volunteers, they have all breastfed at least one baby and have completed a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (or equivalent) through the ABA. The ABA also keeps them up-to-date with breastfeeding knowledge and skills through ongoing training.

If your child suffers from a lactase intolerance, we suggest you call the Lactose Customer Help Line 1300 66 2250 to discuss your child's condition and products available. Lacteeze allows babies with transient lactase deficiency to continue to use their "usual milk", whether breast milk or formula, without the use of soya based alternatives. Totally safe, it has been used in many maternity hospitals in Australia.

If you have a genreal health concerns you can speak with a registered nurse at HealthDirect Australia 1800 022 222. You’ll get fast, expert advice about any health issue, helping you make an informed decision about how to manage it.