Did you know breastmilk is the original superfood? One teaspoon contains three million germ-killing cells.
Breastmilk also contains antioxidents, enzymes and anitbodies, as well as nutrients for a baby's healthy growth and development.
But breastfeeding is not always an easy thing to master and no one knows this better than our dedicated midwives at the Parkes Maternity Unit.
To help new parents with their breastfeeding journey maternity staff invited new mums to help them celebrate World Breastfeeding Week last month.
Midwife Tanya Bayliss said this year's theme was "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding".
"Empowerment comes from providing parents with correct, up-to-date and unbiased information so they can make decisions and plan how to feed their babies," she said.
An antenatal breastfeeding education session, in-service for hospital staff and celebratory afternoon tea with Child and Family Health Nursing, Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service and Australian Breastfeeding Association were held at the Parkes Maternity Unit.