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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.


Canterbury Breastfeeding Support Services Flyer – for download

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.

Breast Start La Leche League Christchurch

email breaststartchristchurch@gmail.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChchLaLecheLeague/

Breast Start @ Riccarton (Mondays)

Fourth Monday of the month at 10:00am

Riccarton Community Centre, 199 Clarence Street, Riccarton


email breaststartchristchurch@gmail.com

If you can, bring a gold coin donation and a plate to share for morning tea

Breast Start @ Beckenham (Mondays)

Second Monday of the month
10:00am. South Library Learning Centre, Sydenham Room, 66 Colombo Street


email breaststartchristchurch@gmail.com

If you can, bring a gold coin donation and a plate to share for morning tea

Other breastfeeding groups

Aranui (Mondays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

Aranui Library, 109 Aldershot St, Aranui

Contact Claire (03) 357 4970 (ext 212) or 027 588 1007 or  claire.coates@waitaha.health.nz 

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

Ashburton (Mondays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

Ashburton Plunket Centre, 222, Cameron St

Contact Ellie (03) 308 7894 or 021 807 762

Breastfeeding Mid Canterbury

Lyttelton (Mondays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

25 Winchester St, Lyttelton, Plunket Rooms at the Recreation Centre

Contact Andrea 021 071 2901

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

Ūkaipō - connecting with our pēpi - Hornby (Tuesdays)

Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust

153 Gilberthorpes Road, Hornby

Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Ph: 0800 66 99 57 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ukaipochch/

Programme Term 4 2020

Mandarin Speaking Playgroup (2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)

Hornby Plunket, 29 Tower Street, Hornby

Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Contact Jenny Siato jenny.saito@plunket.org.nz or 027 281 5918

Facebook – ChineseBreastfeedingSupport

Papanui (Tuesdays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

Village Community Centre, Corner of Papanui Road and Frank Street

Contact Claire (03) 357 4970 (ext 212) or 027 588 1007 or  claire.coate@waitaha.health.nz

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

New Brighton (Wednesdays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

71 Beresford St, New Brighton, Grace Vineyard Seafield

Contact Cherie 027 871 1145

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

Ūkaipō East (Wednesdays)

Wednesdays 10am – 12pm

Philipstown Community Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Philipstown

Contact Kelly 029 773 1589


Shirley (Thursdays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

36 Nancy Ave, St Albans Uniting Parish, Knowles St entrance

Contact Claire (03) 357 4970 (ext 212) or 027 588 1007 or  claire.coates@waitaha.health.nz

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

Halswell (Thursdays)

10:00am – 12:00pm

Halswell Plunket Rooms, 16 Fern Drive, Halswell

Lactation Consultant Clinic runs at the same time (no appointment necessary)

Contact Claire (03) 357 4970 (ext 212) or 027 588 1007 or claire.coates@waitaha.health.nz

Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support

Rolleston (Fridays)

Fridays 10am -12pm.

Rolleston Plunket Rooms, 1, John Street.

Contact Claire, 0210689428

Rangiora (Fridays)

Rangiora Maternity,161 Ashley Street, Rangiora. (Rangiora Hospital Whānau Room)

Fridays 10am-12pm

Contact Coralie 027 850 4912


Fridays 10am – 12pm

111 Carters Road, Amberley, Plunket Rooms (behind the library)

Contact Shardia: M: 022 101 2682

Hurunui Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support Facebook

Ugnay Filipino Mothers Support Group

Every second Friday 1pm – 2:30pm

80 Rattray Street, Riccarton

Contact:  hello.ugnay@gmail.com

or via the message button on the facebook page:

Ugnay Filipino Mothers Support Group

Lactation Consultant Services

(International Board Certified Lactation Consultants – IBCLC)

Free Services

Waitaha Primary Health - Baby Feeding Service

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

St George's Maternity Breastfeeding Clinic

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

Plunket Online Lactation Consultant Service

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.


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Private Services

(fees apply)

Dr Alexia Chisholm - GP and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Merivale Medical Practice – 236 Papanui Road

Ph: (03) 355 7262  Fax: (03) 355 8889

Website here

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:

Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust

Contact Kelly – (03) 344 5062 or 0800 66 9957


Waitaha Primary Health

Contact Janine – Claire.Coates@waitaha.health.nz or phone 0800 800 743 (ext 212)

Contact Claire about the Ashburton breastfeeding peer support programme also


Jenna Walker – Jenna will advise which breastfeeding peer supporter is best to help with your specific queries/concerns
Contact Jenna at 0211706106 or jenna-rox@hotmail.com

Interested in training as a volunteer breastfeeding peer supporter? It’s free!

Contact Kelly 344 5062 or 029 773 1589

or Claire 0800 800 743 (ext 212)

FREE breastfeeding education sessions during pregnancy

Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust

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

St George’s Maternity Hospital

Selected Thursdays

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. 

Christchurch Otautahi

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 izzy612@hotmail.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: alex@connectchiro.co.nz 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 linnaxwnz@gmail.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.lisle6@gmail.com



Jenna Walker – Jenna will advise which breastfeeding peer supporter is best to help with your specific queries/concerns

Contact Jenna at 0211706106 or jenna-rox@hotmail.com