Hi, my name is Dr Julie Chang.
I received my medical degree from Melbourne University in 1998. I have worked as a GP since 2008 and became a qualified lactation consultant in 2012.
I am also Mum to two amazing kids (well, most of the time they are).
Despite my medical knowledge and antenatal classes, my first breastfeeding journey was complicated. Four weeks into motherhood, I discovered that breastfeeding was one of the hardest things I had ever done. My medical school exams and childbirth were easier than breastfeeding. The emotional impact this had on me was profound. This inspired me to become a lactation consultant especially as I planned on having more children.
I knew that scientific research confirmed that breastmilk was biologically superior to formula. My focus was on this as I attempted to feed my child. Becoming a lactation consultant and being a mum has subsequently taught me that the optimal infant feeding method(s) is one that strikes the best balance between the biological, psychological and emotional needs of not only the baby but also the mum and the entire family unit. All these aspects need to be considered.
I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based, up-to-date perinatal medical and lactation care to mothers and their babies. I will work with you to ensure all biological, psychological and emotional needs are explored. I promise I will be your coach and cheerleader and never the judge.
Feel free to visit my website for more information: drjuliechang.com.au