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 parents like you, who have been trained to provide lactation information and support. We can help over the phone, you can come along to our informal meetings, or ask a questions via email and on social media.ย  All of this is free and confidential.

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

La Leche League NZ Online Community

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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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Breastfeeding Support - La Leche League New Zealand

Breastfeeding Support - La Leche League New Zealand

La Leche League provides parent to parent support and information for those who want to breastfeed or

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Rant - myths I have heard recently"You can't breastfeed twins", from an antenatal teacher, cue about 100 comments from twin parents who are breastfeeding. Yes there are a few extra hurdles to get across but its totally possible as I and countless others have proved. "Eat higher fat foods so your milk has more fat in it". The fat content varies from feed to feed and within the same feed. Maternal diet makes very little difference. Your milk is perfect. Generally if there are weight gain issues its because baby isn't getting enough milk for a variety of reasons, rather than the composition. Breast compressions can help! As well as a good latch of course."Baby needs to feed for 20 mins on one side to get the fatty milk" Whilst yes it is true the fat content does increase throughout the feed, its gradual and there is no specific time that you need to leave your baby on. Just don't take them off whilst they are actively feeding. Once there's lots of light fluttery feeding and no more deep sucks despite compressions, you can take them off, then offer the other breast. Some babies are done in a few minutes (especially as they get older), others longer. "Its OK if a newborn baby doesn't poo every day". No no no, for the first 6 weeks we expect to see AT LEAST 2 poos a day. After 6 weeks it's ok for babies not to poo every day, but up until then its a red flag and should be investigated! And don't get me started about all the sleep myths, its ok to cuddle and hold your baby, you're not making a rod for your own back by responding to your baby, they don't need to go to bed at 7pm when they're 4 weeks old, short naps are totally normal, feeding to sleep is not a bad habit! etc etc Please add your own below.Let's share some of the ridiculous things we are told.Rant over, thank you. #breastfeedingmyths #normalisebreastfeeding #newbornbehaviour #NewbornSleep #newbaby #newparent #newbornbaby #breastfeedingsupport #sleepcoach ... See MoreSee Less
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๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐ŸคThe first Sunday in May is International Bereaved Motherโ€™s Day. A special day to honour and celebrate mothers who carry their child/children in their hearts rather than their arms ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ ... See MoreSee Less
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