As a new mum struggling to breastfeed, seven years ago I rang the Breastfeeding Helpline.
The advice I received at the time from the wonderful volunteers on the end of the line was invaluable.
Every year in Australia 80,000 mums just like I did pick up the phone and call our national breastfeeding helpline for support. The helpline receives questions from up to 6,000 callers a month!
It is an invaluable service for mums – particularly new mums – and is run at a modest cost thanks to the work of more than 400 volunteer counsellors. These people offer up their time to provide essential support for mums struggling with breastfeeding their little ones.
But thanks to Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, this service is at risk of being shut down completely.
Because of the chaos surrounding Mr Turnbull’s $800 million in cuts to the Health Flexible funds, the helpline is about to run out of money.
This essential service matters so much to Australian mums. I need your support to let the government know how much Australians don’t want this service cut.
Will you add your name to call on Malcolm Turnbull and the Government to rule out cutting this vital service for Australian mums and guarantee funding for Australia’s Breastfeeding Helpline?
If enough of us make our voices heard we can show Mr Turnbull how strong the support for this national service is, and ensure mums can continue to rely on this valuable service while they’re breastfeeding.
Thanks for your help with protecting this helpline so important for Australian mums.
Shadow Minister for Health
PS Every voice counts. You can add your name here to stand up for Australia’s national Breastfeeding Helpline.