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The cloth heart project

It is a well-known fact that babies are comforted by the smell of their mother and mothers who are expressing breast milk may find ‘let-down’ works better when they can smell their baby. The Cloth Heart Project is an initiative to help this process. Our lactation consultants provide the mother with a packet of three cloth hearts while their baby is in the paediatric intensive care unit. The mother and baby each ‘wear’ a heart which absorbs their scent. The hearts can then be swapped between mother and baby.

This service is available at

Lactation Service
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 9
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

General enquiries

t: 07 3068 1807

Australian Breastfeeding Association

t: 1800 686 268 (24/7)


t: 13 432 584

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