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Breastfeeding Advocacy – what is it?
Breastfeeding advocacy is about helping to remove the barriers to breastfeeding that families may experience. This can involve support groups where parents can find information and spend time with other breastfeeding parents; mother-to-mother breastfeeding peer support networks; breastfeeding-friendly early childhood education centres; breastfeeding and family-friendly workplaces; breastfeeding-friendly cafes, libraries, swimming pools, shopping malls – anywhere that mothers, babies and children spend time and have a right to be.
La Leche League – Breastfeeding groups
All pregnant women & mothers are invited to the facilitated discussions on breastfeeding. All whānau, children and support people warmly welcome. Call for free information or go along to a group.
Other breastfeeding groups
Hornby Plunket, 29 Tower Street, Hornby
Contact Jenny Siato firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 281 5918
Facebook – ChineseBreastfeedingSupport
Fridays 10am -12pm.
Rolleston Plunket Rooms, 1, John Street.
Contact Claire, 0210689428
Rangiora Maternity,161 Ashley Street, Rangiora. (Rangiora Hospital Whānau Room)
Contact Coralie 027 850 4912
Lactation Consultant Services
(International Board Certified Lactation Consultants – IBCLC)
Consultations at home, at a mutually agreed venue or at breastfeeding group clinics
Referrals from Midwives, La Leche League, Tamariki Ora Well Child Services, GPs, practice nurses or other health providers is necessary
Contact (03) 357 4970 or 0800 800 743 (ext 213) for enquiries and/or referral forms
Form is available here and can be submitted online
Clinics Monday and Thursday
For those who have been in St Georges for labour and/or birth or postnatal care
Appt only: (03) 375 6337
A service offering digital appointments with a qualified lactation consultant.
Referrals to be made through Plunketline – 0800 933 922
Available throughout Aotearoa, wherever there is a reliable internet connection.
Breastfeeding Peer Support
Mother to Mother Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors / Peer Supporters
Available to support pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. They can supply information and support by phone, talk to women at breastfeeding groups, or in one-to-one situations.
Find a Peer Counsellor / Peer Supporter through:
Contact Kelly – (03) 344 5062 or 0800 66 9957
Contact Janine – Claire.Coates@waitaha.health.nz or phone 0800 800 743 (ext 212)
Contact Claire about the Ashburton breastfeeding peer support programme also
FREE breastfeeding education sessions during pregnancy
One 3-hour session monthly. See 2020 programme here.
Venue: Burwood Hospital and Aranui/Wainoni Community Centre
9:30am – 12:30am
Sessions run on Wednesdays and Saturdays
One two-hour online session a month alternating Wedensday morning and Saturday evening. See above programme for details.
Facilitated by registered midwives
Contact 0800 669957 for information
Heaton Street, Merivale
Please phone for dates and bookings (03) 375 6337
Breastfeeding Peer Supporters
Mama2Mama and Mother4Mother Peer Supporters are mothers who have breastfed a baby or babies themselves, and they have graduated from a training programme all about breastfeeding. They are volunteers who know how useful support and good information is for breastfeeding women, and they are passionate about supporting mothers on their breastfeeding journeys. They also support the breastfeeding groups listed under the support section, so you can call in and see them at the groups listed on this page, arrange to meet a peer supporter there or send an email, phone or text message if you have a question or need support.
You can also ask a question on this webpage and we will answer it as soon as possible.
Hi, my name is Azalia, I am a young mum under 24 and I have two children, aged 7 months and 3 years. Breastfeeding was really difficult with my first son but I had minimal difficulties with my second. If it wasn’t for peer counsellors and breastfeeding groups I would have given up breastfeeding, and this is what has encouraged me to become a peer counsellor myself, to help other mums in that same situation.
Contact Azalia at 0278171865 or email@example.com
My name is Alex, mum of Sunniva 19 months, paediatric and maternal chiropractor, Breastfeeding and Matrescence supporter.
While having the certainty of wanting to successfully breastfeed and the knowledge of why to breastfeed, I was not equipped with the how to breastfeed when we welcomed Sunni into the world. It was a challenging and painful experience that had me in tears many times. As the vulnerability and pain of the early stages of motherhood eased, the why of breastfeeding continued to strengthen. So much so that we are still going strong breastfeeding 19 months in.
As a part of being being a supporter of mums and bubs professionally I also extend this support whereever I can, whenever I can, in all parts of my life. I hope and love to allow all mothers on their path in motherhood to discover their own strength in feeding and caring for their baby, supporting you however way I can.
I can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexandrawild8
Kia ora koutou I am Daisy, a 26 year old mother of one 15 month old boy named Nīkau whom is the absolute light of my life. Although he is a good eater he still is very much a boobie boy and still breastfeeds as well as some cow’s milk every now and then.
When he was born we had to spend a week in NICU as he was slightly premature and had mild pneumonia therefore was given antibiotics. We also had some difficulties at the beginning of our breastfeeding journey including weightloss (which was scary!) I am very passionate about breastfeeding and would love to help and offer support to any women in my community via the support page: https://www.facebook.com/Breastfeeding-Peer-Support-Canterbury-114002040234612/
Julia is mother of two young boys, childbirth educator and pre & postnatal movement specialist. She completed her peer support counselor training when her second son was a newborn and found the information and support incredibly helpful. Julia loves supporting mothers on their breastfeeding journey as she knows just how hard it can be. She struggled with pain for months with her firstborn. To the point that she almost gave up! The right support helped her get a good latch which made all the difference and enabled her to continue feeding. She has gone on to tandem feed both boys to this day.
she is happy to offer support for any breastfeeding concerns, having had the most experience helping friends get a good good latch and increase supply. She also has experience with extended and tandem feeding. She is happy to be contacted via our support page: https://www.facebook.com/Breastfeeding-Peer-Support-Canterbury-114002040234612/
I am Maggie, a 26yr old mother to four amazing children; Lucas – 9yrs, twins Evie & Ella – 3yrs and Lula – 1yr.
I had my son when I was 16yrs old and so have experience around being a young/single parent as well as being a mum to multiples, navigating breastfeeding twins, and a brief stint with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
I have been a stay at home mum, a working mum and a pumping mum and I feel like across the board I have a lot of personal experience with an array of breastfeeding challenges and achievements.
I trained through Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust as a māmā to māmā breastfeeding peer counsellor in 2019, whilst on maternity leave. I felt compelled to register after battling with my own insecurities about returning to work and navigating pumping and bottle feeding for the first time. I wanted to be able to support other women as well as gain confidence and knowledge myself. It was an incredible experience and I learnt so much more than I expected, I highly recommend it to anyone who may be interested!
Being able to offer holistic-based support and advocacy around breastfeeding is a privilege and I am always available to anyone who may be in need of a listening ear. If you would like to chat, please get in touch through the support page.
Kia ora, my name is Erin. I have two beautiful children, Paul, 3, and Katie, 10 months. I have had very different feeding journeys with my children which led me to train as a Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor while on maternity leave with Katie in 2019.
Breastfeeding is a journey that both Mum and baby need to learn at the same time. This means it can be mentally and physically draining so any support given needs to not put extra stress on the whanau. I want to provide support to feeding Mum’s in any way needed that works with this. Believing in a holistic approach that is Mum driven I prefer to provide support walking along side you in your journey.
I have experience with breastfeeding with a baby with no suckle reflex/reflux/colic as well blocked ducts. My journey currently includes pumping and returning to work while continuing to exclusively feed so can provide support around this and all that it entails.
Hi, I am Lena. I am a mom with a lovely daughter. My breastfeeding journey is amazing and I really enjoy it. I struggled a little at first, but later everything went smoothly. However, as a first time mom, I went through lots of challenges and I doubted myself thousands of times. With the help of many people and organisations, everything became better. I chose to become a peer counsellor because I can understand mom’s worries and frustrations. It is not easy to become a mother and I hope I can offer support and encouragement to them. I can offer Mandarin support and my contact email is email@example.com and WeChat ID is nz5816
您好，我是小雯（Lena)，我有一个可爱的女儿。我很享受母乳喂养的过程。一开始母乳喂养时，我也经历了一些小波折，不过之后的一切都变得顺利起来。然而，作为一个新手妈妈，我经历了很多挫折和困难，并且质疑了自己无数次。但是，在很多人和机构的帮助下，育儿这件事开始慢慢变好了起来。当妈妈并不是件轻松的事，我非常理解作为一个妈妈的各种担心和困惑，我希望可以给更多的妈妈提供鼓励和支持，这也是我选择成为一名母乳支持义工的原因。 我可以提供中文普通话服务，您可以通过我的电子邮件linnaxwnz@gmail.com 或WeChat nz5816 联络我，谢谢
My breastfeeding journey has been one with some lows but so so many highs. I decided to study up and be able to support women as they make their journey, as I wanted every woman to have the best opportunity to experience the magic. I’m a younger mum who is currently studying and navigating my way through juggling study, work and bubs! I am currently breastfeeding my daughter and plan to do baby lead weaning and have a natural approach to all things parenting. I’d love to hear from you whether you need support around breastfeeding or would like to share in your experiences.
My email is: Stella.firstname.lastname@example.org