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.  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.


Online Facebook Meetings

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.

Watch your baby, not he clock! A great graphic about feeding cues 💚 #BreastfeedingsupportWatch your baby, not the clock! ...

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Happy birthday to #LLL #Lalecheleague 63 years of breastfeeding support around the globe 💚💚For over 63 years, La Leche League has been supporting mothers and families with education, encouragement, and information. Today, we have thousands of volunteers around the world who continue this work in groups and through one-to-one sharing of information and encouragement to support families with breastfeeding. Be a part of our continued legacy by supporting LLL at
#LLL63 #LaLecheLeague63

[Image: heart shape graphic with text that says happy birthday in different languages with the number 63 in the center]

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Are you up feeding your little one? Or maybe taking your preschooler to the toilet? Or even staying up late to get some time alone or with your partner while your children sleep? Share the late night love in the comments - leave some encouraging words for the midnight shift 💚

#LLLNZ #LateNightLLLove #Lalecheleague #BreastfeedingSupport #ParentingSupport

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Today is National Anaesthesia Day Wednesday 16 October 2019. The 16th of October marks the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthesia was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts.
Breastfeeding when a Mother requires anaesthesia is often raised as a potential concern by families seeking breastfeeding support. There is frequently misinformation floating around about being required to “pump and dump” for a random number of hours after a procedure that required sedation or a General Anaesthetic. This NOT the case! Remember, those who undergo a GA for an emergency caesarean section will still end up breastfeeding their babies as soon as they wake up in recovery and the baby is brought to them.
Check out the photos for a great graphic from The Lactation Pharmacist about common anaesthesia drugs and their compatibility with lactation.
Here are some additional resources
*note, this resource is from the US and refers to acetaminophen – this the generic name for the same drug as paracetamol/Panadol
An academic summary:
The key message: if you are lucid and awake and you are safe to hold your baby, then you are safe to feed your baby. You do not need to “pump and dump” after having a procedure that requires anaesthesia.
#LLLNZ #BreastfeedingSupport #NationalAnaesthesiaDay #BreastfeedingandMedications #BreastfeedingandAnaesthesia #LaLecheLeague #Resources #BreastfeedingResources

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The 15th of October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. LLL Leaders can support you following a loss both as a supportive ear and friend, and to provide information and suggestions to help manage your options around lactation. Find a local leader and call for support here: or pm the page anytime.

"The death of a baby is a devastating and life-changing experience no matter how it happens. If it is sudden, there is no time to prepare yourself for the worst and you may well be in shock. You are even more vulnerable if you lost your baby in an accident or medical emergency where you were also involved.
As well as feeling a range of emotions as you grieve for your precious little one, your body will also be going through physical changes. Until now, your body has been preparing to breastfeed your baby. This article is a summary of how to stop your body from making milk."*

*Note - this article is from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, so all embedded ads regarding donation, helplines, and book sales etc are property of the ABA not LLLNZ and not available in New Zealand.

#LLLNZ #SuppressingLactation #LactationAfterLoss

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