Photo:Lactation Consultant Jennifer James (middle/seated), met recently with South West Hospital
and Health Service Roma midwives (back from left) Kelsey Brumpton, Maddison Gunther,
Carolyn Farndon and Anne Bousfield.

A specialist lactation consultant hosted by the South West Hospital and Health Service last week held a
series of education sessions around the region for clinicians.

South West HHS Clinical Midwifery Consultant Anne Bousfield said the aim of the sessions was to
educate health professionals about the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies.

“These clinicians can then educate women and families and help them make informed decisions about
breastfeeding based on scientific evidence,’’ Ms Bousfield said

“Of course, every woman’s situation is unique and she must choose the best course of action according
to her circumstances.

“Our role as health professionals is to provide appropriate advice and information and then support the
woman in whatever decision she makes.

Ms Bousfield said the education sessions in the South West were delivered by internationally-certified
lactation consultant and midwife Jennifer James.

The sessions were offered in Roma, Charleville, Cunnamulla and St George and attended by nurses,
midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and health workers from both the public sector and nongovernment.

“For instance, at Charleville, we had representatives from the Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islanders Community Health and at Cunnamulla, we had representatives from the
Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health,’’ Ms Bousfield said.

She said the education sessions covered topics such as the current National Health and Medical
Research Council infant feeding guidelines, antenatal assessments, the physiology of lactation, the
management of challenges, medications and what resources were available.

“The ultimate aim is to support as many women as possible to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six
months and continuing to breastfeed for up to two years,’’ she said.

Ms Bousfield said Ms James had been brought to the South West to deliver the lactation education
sessions as part of the First 1000 Days campaign currently under way nationally.

“The first 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offers a unique
window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures and that’s the aim of the
campaign and associated activities such as our lactation education sessions,’’ she said.


For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379