Many Perth mums start out with the intention of breastfeeding their baby, but the reality is often so different. Some mums have no dramas breastfeeding, but for others, it can be really tough, especially if you aren't aware of complications such as tongue and lip tie, mastitis or breast milk supply, and don’t seek help as a result.
Parenting a newborn is a challenging time, and each and every mum are doing their best, regardless of how you decide to feed. If you need help or would like some additional support with breastfeeding, our Perth Mums Group Useful List is a quick reference to some of the best breastfeeding support services and certified lactation consultants in Perth, with contributions and suggestions by Perth Mums group members. Obviously the list doesn't include all the great support services in Perth, but this is a good starting point. Remember to always do your own research and make sure the service meets your personal needs.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)
Eve has been a practising midwife for 20 years and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who can help with any breastfeeding issues in the privacy of your own home.
"Can't recommend Eve from Best Start Lactation Consultancy enough. She was amazing and the follow up support is sensational. I am over 10 hours away and she helped me via Skype so distance is no barrier for and I am still breastfeeding my baby 16 months later all thanks to her." - PMG Member
"I agree – Eve from Best Start Lactation Consultancy was really amazing! So helpful and caring at such a difficult and stressful time. Her services are worth every cent! Still breastfeeding my son nine months on." - PMG Member
Dr Marnie Rowan, IBCLC Address: Contact via the Elizabeth Clinic, 222 Stirling Highway, Claremont.
Phone: 9384 7408
Dr Marnie Rowan is an IBCLC working from the Elizabeth Clinic in Claremont on Tuesdays, when she can meet with women who are experiencing issues with breastfeeding.
Sue Saunders is an IBCLC and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with a nursing, breastfeeding counselling and midwifery background. She was one of the first IBCLCs in WA, so has extensive experience in helping Perth families with breastfeeding challenges.
The Breastfeeding Centre of WA provides information and support for WA families, including the opportunity to attend a private session designed to overcome any issues with feeding.
"King Edward Breastfeeding Centre." - PMG member
"KEMH lactate consultants have been amazingly helpful and respectful to our needs! We saw Myra and she was fantastic. Free, knowledgable and also free loan of hospital grade breast pump for patients!!" - PMG Member
"I found the Breastfeeding Clinic at Fiona Stanley Hospital great and it's held at clinic 5 (same one as for midwife appointments during pregnancy.)" - PMG Member
Australian Breastfeeding Association Phone: Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 686 268
Website: For more information, see the website.
Provides support for mothers with breastfeeding, including a 24-hour hotline, resources and information.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association - especially the 24 hour hotline service - PMG member
Child Health Centres
Noranda Child Health Centre Address: 2 Garson Court, Noranda.
Phone: 9275 7175 or 0404 824 418
"I was referred to Ruth (Noranda Child Health Centre) for help and she was absolutely amazing!"
"I saw also saw Ruth but in Lockridge. She was recommended by my CHN and she was fantastic!! 15 months later I’m still breastfeeding." - PMG Member
Editor's Note - PMG has been advised that Ruth at Noranda Child Health Centre has now retired.
Mercy Physio, Mount Lawley Address: St John of Gods Mt Lawley Hospital, 1 Thirlmere Rd, Mount Lawley.
Phone: 9271 9422
Cracked nipples, mastitis and blocked ducts are all very painful complications of breastfeeding that luckily, can be assessed and treated. Mercy Physio can help with assessing and treating these conditions and help you get back to feeding your bub.
"Mercy Physio offer ultrasound for blocked ducts/mastitis and laser treatment for cracked nipples."
"Cherished Parenting Services sells and rents Spectra breast pumps and other breastfeeding and expressing products. From 10th April there will be a weekly breastfeeding circle in Innaloo – a place where people can come to get help and advice with breastfeeding. It will be facilitated by a practicing midwife, NICU nurse and student lactation consultant." - PMG Member
Milk Supply Products
Note – supply issues may be caused by other breastfeeding issues, so please consider consulting an IBCLC too.
Mama Goodness Bakery Phone: 0422 494 803
Website: For more information, see the Facebook page.
Mama Goodness is a local business run by a Perth mum who makes lots of different lactation treats for breastfeeding mums.
Note – if you are having trouble with breastfeeding and supply issues, we highly recommend you see an IBCLC in your area, before turning to online forums, as you may have issues that only an expert can diagnose.