la leche league nz

Mother to Mother breastfeeding support in New Zealand

Connect with a Leader near you

Questions or worries about breastfeeding? Our accredited La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have been trained to provide information and support for breastfeeding. We can help over the phone, you can come along to our informal meetings, or ask a questions via email and on social media.Β  All of this is free and confidential.

Find your local group

You can find details of our accredited breastfeeding helpers and group meetings across Aotearoa here.

Our mission is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.


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Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month from 7:30pm

You can join us for breastfeeding support and information from the comfort of your own home – pyjamas and beverage of your choice optional.

No technical ability required, just join the meeting group and be online that evening.

We’d love to see you there.

One of the hardest parts of parenting is trying to calm and soothe a baby that just doesn't seem to be helped by whatever tricks you try. Many mums worry that they aren't meeting the baby's needs or helping their baby because the baby continues to cry.

The Period of Hypo-Responsivity can be a really reassuring concept if you are struggling with this, that a distressed baby who is being sensitively responded to and soothed through their distress, will not experience an internal stress response with elevated cortisol, despite outwardly seeming distressed.

So, next time you're struggling through that witching hour, or feeling like nothing you do is helping your baby calm down, remember that your presence, your singing and rocking, and your empathy, is already enough. You are enough! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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The reclined feeding position feels counterintuitive in our society where most of the breastfeeding we see in the media involve mum sitting upright with baby in the "cradle hold". However, this position helps to triggers the baby's innate feeding reflexes as well as protects baby's airway and give baby more control over the flow of milk. Contact your nearest La Leche League group for tips on how to get this position working for you and your baby. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šYour body is your bf pillow #breastfeeding #breastfeedingpillow #nursingcushion #ibclc #ibclccertifiedlactationconsultant #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingcounselor #breastfeedingpeersupport #midwife #midwiferystudent #milkmatters #totalfeedingsolutions ...

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Our thoughts are with our Australian friends and whānau especially those caring for young children.

Please share these links with them. There is LLL Australia and Australian Breastfeeding Association, both can support families to continue, start or restart breastfeeding during emergencies.

For information about breastfeeding during emergencies:

β€’ La Leche League

β€’ Australian Breastfeeding Association

For breastfeeding support in Australia, please contact:

β€’ La Leche League

β€’ Australian Breastfeeding Association

For multilingual breastfeeding information:
β€’ La Leche League

β€’ Australian Breastfeeding Association

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