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What does a child health nurse do?

A child health nurse supports you once you are home from hospital with a newborn baby. Learn more about their role and how they can help you.

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Contact us

Contact Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 to speak to a maternal child health nurse.

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Routine health checks for babies and children

Routine health checks with a child health nurse or GP will check your child's growth and development and keep up to date with their routine vaccinations.

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Video call

Speak face to face with a friendly maternal child health nurse about any questions you may have about you and your child. Available from 7am to midnight AEST. Video call is available within Australia only.

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Cluster feeding

Cluster feeding is when your baby wants lots of short feeds over a few hours. Find out when your baby is most likely to do this, and how to cope.

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Your baby's growth and development — 11 months old

At 11 months, your baby is almost a toddler. You'll be surprised at how quickly they move around your home and how independent they become.

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Tongue-tie

Babies born with tongue-tie can’t move their tounge freely. Having tongue-tie can make feeding more difficult for your baby, but help is available.

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Breast engorgement

Engorgement is when your breasts are overfull with milk and fluids. It is usually temporary and will lessen to adjust to your baby's needs.

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Oversupply of breastmilk

Oversupply or hyperlactation is when you make more milk than your baby requires. Find out here what to do if you have too much breast milk.

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Breastfeeding after breast surgery

Discover how breast surgery may impact breastfeeding, including implants, mastectomy and augmentation. Learn about how a lactation consultant can help.

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