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Breastfeeding Rates in Tasmania 

While most babies begin life breastfeeding, many stop in the early days and weeks after birth.

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Image showing decrease in breastfeeding rates after birth - 90% at birth, 56% at four months, 56% at 12 months

Good news

Progressive Leadership on Workplace Breastfeeding

Changes to the Tasmanian House of Assembly rules tabled on 15th November 2016 will allow female members to breastfeed while participating in the proceedings of the House.

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Breastfeeding rates in Tasmania


About 90% of Tasmanian babies start breastfeeding.


of Tasmanian babies were breastfeeding when discharged from hospital.


of Tasmanian babies are still breastfeeding at 4 months.

Are you a parent needing help?

Click here to visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website for information and support.



100% of Tasmanian hospitals are Baby-Friendly accredited - the first State or Territory in Australia to achieve this

Find out about Baby-Friendly accreditation


Mothers who live in the most disadvantaged communities are half as likely to exclusively breastfeeding compared to mothers in the least disadvantaged communities.

Upcoming events in Tasmania

18- May

ABA Tas Branch Seminar

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Supporting breastfeeding

Women need support to keep breastfeeding after they leave hospital. Community facilities like shopping centres and local businesses, workplaces and childcare services can all play a role in supporting women to breastfeeding.

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About us

We are an advocacy group working to make Tasmania a more supportive place for breastfeeding.

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2 billion

The amount of potential health dollars that could be saved if 90% of babies were exclusivley breastfeed through to 6 months.

Protection and the law

Breastfeeding is protected through anti-discrimination legislation, regulation of infant formula marketing and the WHO Code. Mothers have the right to feed their baby in any public space. They are protected by law.

Find out how breastfeeding is protected