Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. The Association is supported by health authorities and specialists in infant and child health and nutrition, including a panel of distinguished honorary advisers. ABA is recognised internationally as a source of accurate information about breastfeeding management and research.

Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy 2010 - 2015 and search for Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy – it is available on PDF  from this site

The Australian Government has made a commitment through its policy document Health Throughout Life to encourage breastfeeding awareness, with the aim of increasing Australia's rate of breastfeeding, particularly for babies up to 6 months of age. The Government's National Breastfeeding Strategy takes a multi-faceted approach covering family education, employer support, health professional education, indigenous health, data collection, antenatal educators and the Advisory panel on the marketing in Australia of infant formula.


Infant feeding guidelines$File/Directors_Book.docx

The NHMRC Get up and Grow – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood is based on best available scientific evidence and provide information for health professionals and the general population on the importance of breastfeeding and best practice for infant feeding


International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) was established to develop and administer the certification examination for lactation consultants. The IBLCE examination is the premier, internationally recognised measure of competence in lactation consulting. Candidates who pass the IBLCE examination attain the designation IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).


Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI)

The Baby Friendly Health Initiative – Australia (BFHI) was developed jointly by WHO and UNICEF, and launched in 1991. It is an international project aimed to give every baby the best start in life by creating a health care environment where breastfeeding is the norm, and practices known to promote the health and well-bing of all babies and their mothers are followed

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

WABA is a global network of organizations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to protect, promote and support this right. WABA acts on the Innocenti Declaration and works in liaison with UNICEF.


Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library brings together in one place research which looks at the effectiveness of different health care treatments and interventions. It is recognised as the best single source of information on the effects of health care.


Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas (MAIF Agreement)

The Advisory Panel of MAIF  was established to monitor compliance with the MAIF agreement.


World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly.


Professional Organisations


The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional organization for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). ILCA’s mission is to advance the lactation consultant profession through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.


Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand(LCANZ)

LCANZ MISSION: To build and sustain a trans-national organisation which provides professional development, advocacy and peer support for all members; to commit to the empowerment of breastfeeding women and their families/whanau; to advise and make representations to relevant State and National Government authorities on issues relating to breastfeeding and the profession of lactation consultancy.

LCANZ VISION: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) are health professional experts in the management of breastfeeding and human lactation.