Be the village: praise for midwives & their breastfeeding tips

Westmead Hospital clinical midwifery consultant Michelle Simmons with WSLHD consumer representative Kelly Donnolley.

World Breastfeeding Week was marked from August 1 – 7 and we love offering support to new mums about breastfeeding.

WSLHD consumer representative Kelly Donnolley shared the below about Westmead Hospital clinical midwifery consultant (postnatal and infant feeding) Michelle Simmons – and we think it’s fantastic!

“This afternoon was spent with the amazing Michelle Simmons, who is a clinical midwifery consultant in postnatal and infant feeding in women’s and newborn health at Westmead Hospital. Michelle is a lady I admire so much, in the way she inspires and supports so many women on their breastfeeding journey. Michelle and I got the chance to chat with new mums, mummies-to-be, midwives and even an awesome new dad, about breastfeeding. We told stories of how hard it can be, how easy it can be, what to expect and our experiences. We laughed, we bonded and we supported. It’s time society stopped generating ‘mummy wars’ and started to be the village we all need. #wbw2017 #bethevillage #breastfeedingsupport

Love it – thanks Kelly!

World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for new mothers.

Blacktown Hospital also celebrated World Breastfeeding Week.

One thought on “Be the village: praise for midwives & their breastfeeding tips

  • 05 Aug, 2017, 6:37 am at 6:37 am

    I regret that I haven’t read anything that would prepare me for breastfeeding when my first baby was born but I certainly don’t regret that I decided to use this method of feeding. But one is sure – it’s not that easy. When I was pregnant for the first time I was sure I wanted to breastfeed and I didn’t think I need to prepare for it. Now I know that it’s so not true! I had problems at the beginning of breastfeeding and I dropped it!. When I was pregnant with my second daughter I knew I need to be prepared for this task. My friend told me about Susan Urban’s guide “How to make breastfeeding pleasant and easy” ( ). She said it’s great because after reading it she knew exactly what to do when she had problems. She told me that I should read it and I did. She was right! This guide was awesome! Helped me so much with breastfeeding. I was confident and well-prepared. I knew how to deal with problems that may occur. Every new mom or mom to be should read it. Such a great help!

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