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.

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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.

Volunteer Week June 2019 - Thank you!
In the 17/18 financial year, Across New Zealand our leaders put in 10,807 hours of volunteer work. This is 5.6yrs of 40hr weeks! *click to see full infographic* 🤱🏻
When valued at a living wage of $20.20 that’s a opportunity cost to our economy of $218,301! 💰

We couldn’t do all this Mahi without your support and as a volunteer run organisation we live on donations. If you would like to give back click the links below to donate or subscribe.👇
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Amazing story from this mama. As she says, very few medications are incompatible with breastfeeding.

"I want to tell a bit of my story. When my baby was a month old I started having gallbladder pains and soon I was scheduled to have an operation. I was scared and sad because my baby was 4 months and we were exclusively breastfeeding. Everyone told me to give him a bottle or he would suffer. But I held onto breastfeeding, and I built a milk stash. Yes, it was difficult, I won't deny it, especially for my husband, but my baby took the bottle with my milk. Fortunately all the doctors and paediatricians I asked said that very few medications are incompatible with breastfeeding. As soon as I got home (a day and a half after the operation) I got green light to restart breastfeeding. When there is a will there is a way, stay strong, and thanks for reading my story."

"Quiero dar un poquito de mi testimonio, al mes que nació mi bebe comencé a padecer muchísimo de la vesícula al grado que pronto me pusieron para cirugía yo tenía miedo y tristeza pues mi bebe tiene 4 meses y somos LME todos me decían metele el biberón va sufrir etc pero me aferre a mi lactancia eh hice un banco de leche , si fue un poco difícil no voy a decir que no,sobre todo para mi esposo, pero mi bebé si agarró la mamila con mi lechita. Gracias a Dios, a todos los médicos y pediatras que les pregunté me dijeron que casi ningún medicamento se contrapone a la lactancia y enseguida de que llege a casa (un día y medio después de mi cirugía) me dieron luz verde para amamantar. Si se quiere se puede chicas mucho ánimo, fuerza Y valor ante todo gracias por leerme."
Dreida, Mexico
#LLLStories #YourStories #BreastfeedingStories #breastfeeding #lactancia #lactanciamaterna #amamantar"I want to tell a bit of my story. When my baby was a month old I started having gallbladder pains and soon I was scheduled to have an operation. I was scared and sad because my baby was 4 months and we were exclusively breastfeeding. Everyone told me to give him a bottle or he would suffer. But I held onto breastfeeding, and I built a milk stash. Yes, it was difficult, I won't deny it, especially for my husband, but my baby took the bottle with my milk. Fortunately all the doctors and paediatricians I asked said that very few medications are incompatible with breastfeeding. As soon as I got home (a day and a half after the operation) I got green light to restart breastfeeding. When there is a will there is a way, stay strong, and thanks for reading my story."

"Quiero dar un poquito de mi testimonio, al mes que nació mi bebé comencé a padecer muchísimo de la vesícula al grado que pronto me pusieron para cirugía yo tenía miedo y tristeza pues mi bebé tiene 4 meses y somos LME todos me decían metele el biberón va sufrir etc pero me aferre a mi lactancia eh hice un banco de leche , si fue un poco difícil no voy a decir que no,sobre todo para mi esposo, pero mi bebé si agarró la mamila con mi lechita. Gracias a Dios, a todos los médicos y pediatras que les pregunté me dijeron que casi ningún medicamento se contrapone a la lactancia y enseguida de que llege a casa (un día y medio después de mi cirugía) me dieron luz verde para amamantar. Si se quiere se puede chicas mucho ánimo, fuerza Y valor ante todo gracias por leerme."
Dreida, Mexico
#LLLStories #YourStories #BreastfeedingStories #breastfeeding #lactancia #lactanciamaterna #amamantar

[Image: Close up of mother breastfeeding baby, her surgery scars are visible.
Madre amamantando a su bebé, La foto muestra las cicatrices de su cirugía.]
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Dads - you are so important 💜💕💚
#LLLNZDads - this one is for you. When I'm invited into family homes for breastfeeding support its often the dads that open the door. They show me in, offer me a drink. And then, almost without fail they check their partner has her bottle of water by her side. They remove the dog or the cat so I can sit down, fill in my paperwork, and then either sit and listen, or busy themselves cooking dinner / doing the laundry.

I see the pride and uncertainty. The worry for their partner and baby. I see the fear flash across their faces when Mum cries. I see the strong arms taking baby for a moment, the calming presence of hands on shoulders, and "you've got this" eye contact.

I hear the worries "I don't want her to be in pain."
"She's really low, I'm concerned for her."
"I just want the baby and my partner to be happy."
"I wish I could do more.".
Dads, you are doing so much with your very presence. The little acts of love add up to a supportive environment where mum and baby and learn the dance of breastfeeding together, without worrying about the washing, the shopping, or being told to just stop.
You are so important.
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👵🏼👵🏾 What can grandparents do to bond with their grandchild, what can they do to support breastfeeding? 🤱🏾🤱🏻🤱🏼🤱🏽

“Your Grandchild Is Breastfed?
Here’s what’s new about breastfeeding a baby:
New research has shown that breastfeeding is important for the baby’s health and development and for the mother’s health, both now and in the future. It’s even good for the environment.
Research has found that breastfeeding works best when the baby is fed in response to hunger cues, not on a schedule. That’s usually quite frequently, especially in the beginning. Fortunately, you can’t feed too often.
Sore nipples aren’t an expected part of breastfeeding; they are a sign that something isn’t quite right. With some expert help, the mother should soon be breastfeeding comfortably.
Most medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, recommend that babies be breastfed exclusively—no formula or solid foods—for six months or so, and continue breastfeeding with solid foods added to their diet into these toddler years—even two years or more.
Much of this may be different from what you learned when you had your own babies.
But guess what hasn’t changed?
New mothers still need lots of help, lots of support, and lots of loving family members around to prepare meals or throw in a load of laundry. They need people to be patient with them as they figure out both breast- feeding and motherhood. And babies still need their grandparents to love them. Your practical help and support are a golden investment in your grandchild’s future, and in your lives together.”

Tearsheet Toolkit from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding ch20 (page 13 in link)

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#LLLNZ #BreastfeedingSupport #Grandparents #Whanau #Aroha

[Image Description: Grandmother and mother looking lovingly at newborn, with text: Supporting Breastfeeding Ideas for Grandparents. What can Grandparents do to bond with a new baby? How can they support breastfeeding?]
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#LateNightLLLove for all of you out there scrolling through a midnight feed. 🤱🏽🤱🏼
Did you know: Prolactin - the milk producing hormone.
Prolactin Levels are highest at night, and peak at around 3am. All these late night breastfeeds are keeping your milk flowing. Snuggle up, stay warm, enjoy 💚
#LLLNZ #BreastfeedingSupport #LaLecheLeague #Prolactin
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Volunteer week June 2019 - did you know that all our LLL services are provided free of charge and that all our Leaders are volunteers? Tag a leader who has made a difference to you and your family and say Thank You, tēnā rawa atu koe.

With 140 volunteer Leaders in 43 Groups and over 26,000 contacts per year, we need funds to continue providing free mother to mother breastfeeding support throughout New Zealand. If you are able to donate even a small amount so we can continue to provide support for families around the country, click here: lllnzshop.org.nz/donate-to-lllnz

To Subscribe as a member - click here: lllnzshop.org.nz/membership
Your membership supports La Leche League Leaders, who are always available to answer questions and provide practical tips and emotional support for breastfeeding mothers.
#Thankyou #VolunteerWeek #LLLNZ #LaLecheLeague #BreastfeedingSupport #ArohanuiWhanau #TenaRawaAtuKoe

[Image: nestled hands of family members holding a red heart shaped stone with text "thank you" in 8 Languages and "Volunteer Week June 2019"]
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Breastfeeding - the most portable food for babies, Toddlers, and Children. 🤱🏾🤱🏻🤱🏼🤱🏽
On the bus, in the park, anywhere with a floor!
Where are you latching on today Aotearoa?
#LLLNZ #LaLecheLeague #BreastfeedingSupport #Aotearoa
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Did you know: Breastfeeding an infant beyond 6 months and whilst they are being introduced gluten has shown to reduce the incidence of coeliac disease in the child.

"Conclusions: The gradual introduction of gluten-containing foods into the diet of infants while they are still being breast-fed reduces the risk of celiac disease in early childhood and probably also during the subsequent childhood period."
academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/75/5/914/4689407

We are nearing the end of Coeliac Awareness week (10-16 June) - find out more about NZ Coeliac Awareness or get support if you or a child is diagnosed with Coeliac Disease here:
coeliac.org.nz/coeliac-awareness-week/
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Find your local group here: lalecheleague.org.nz/get-help/

“I have found LLL to be such a wonderful support through breastfeeding troubles, discussions on parenting styles and values, and also just in finding like minded parents to chat to.

Being a transman who is breastfeeding also comes with its own challenges and I have been so pleased to have found a group that has been very very welcoming and affirming of my identity as a breastfeeding Dad - thank you so much.

Every time I come home after LLL meetings I feel so much more grounded, confident and trusting regarding my parenting instincts.”"I have found LLL to be such a wonderful support through breastfeeding troubles, discussions on parenting styles and values (especially bedsharing, extended breastfeeding, attachment(ish) parenting, babyled weaning etc) and also just in finding like minded parents to chat to. Being a trans man who is breastfeeding also comes with its own challenges and I have been so pleased to have found a group that has been very very welcoming and affirming of my identity as a breastfeeding Dad - thank you so much. YES definitely having an impact 🙂 Every time I come home after LLL meetings I feel so much more grounded, confident and trusting regarding my parenting instincts.”
Group member, New Zealand
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