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.

Hi everyone! We have received a query from Karla, who would love to hear from you. Please comment below with your thoughts and ideas! =)

"My third bub is just over one week old and has been generally feeding and sleeping really well during the day. At night is a different story however. She was feeding for up to 2 hours at a time over night and still being unsettled when I would try put her back to bed. She would fall asleep as soon as she latched but wake as soon as she was unlatched.

So in the interest of my sanity I decided to start expressing and giving her a bottle for her last feed at night and for her middle of the night feed. This has made a huge difference as she now sleeps from 10pm to 2am, and then again until 6:30/7am.

I love how the expressed bottles have helped her to sleep but it is a lot of work to be pumping throughout the day (with my 12 month old around too) and I would rather breastfeed especially for the middle of the night feed.

I am wondering why she is not taking full feeds from me at the end of the day and in the night. Is she too tired, is my supply low? Will expressing effect my supply over time if I am not putting her to the breast at night? Will she start to rely on the bulk calories she is getting from the bottles at night because it’s easier than nursing? So many questions!

Would love to hear others experiences and tips.


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Have you and your little ones been struggling with teething lately? Some great tips here from 😬#LLLTaranaki
#BreastfeedingSupport #LaLecheLeague🦷TEETHING TIME 🕞

🦷The teething signs - chewing, drooling, gum rubbing and fussiness that you see may come and go off and on for months, it may mean a new tooth is making some progress.
🌙Nights may be extra long with nothing to distract baby from the pain and teething can cause a lot of discomfort for some children.
🌷On a positive note: you always have an excuse. “It’s the teething” you can use this excuse for a long time and it explains a lot of fussy behaviour.
⛔️Beware of teething products/medication as this can have numbing agents and can affect your child’s tongue while feeding.
💦Teething rashes show on some children - on their face and bottom and possibly on your breast. You can help by rinsing babies face, your breast and babies bottom a few times a day to keep the area clean and dry.

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Kupu o te Rā - ūkaipō.
The literal meaning of ūkaipō is 'to be fed from the breast at night', but the wider definition encompasses not only the spiritual and emotional relationship between whaea (mother) and the pēpē (baby), but also the nourishing connection to our homelands that feeds our wairua. Such a powerful word, from one of the most powerful connections of them all, a nursing mother and child.


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