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.


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.

Great tips =)

If you are experiencing breastfeeding challenges please reach out to your nearest La Leche League leader for support. It can make all the difference. πŸ’šLet's talk lip tie and breastfeeding.

There is no good evidence to suggest that lip ties need to be treated/cut/lasered to facilitate successful, pain-free breastfeeding.

Anyone that tells you this is probably assuming that the top lip needs to flip up or 'flange' when baby is latched and THIS IS NOT TRUE.

In fact, it's even possible that being able to see those fish lips or special k lips means your baby is NOT latched well (ie too shallow.)

As a lactation consultant my recommendation for those of you struggling to get a comfortable latch, or with a baby who is frequently slipping off the breast, is to practice different holds and positions until you find one that works better for the two of you. This can take time and it CAN be helpful to have someone experienced with breastfeeding guide you until you find it.

Most new mothers do experience difficulties initiating breastfeeding in the first few weeks. That doesn't mean you should just wait things out if you are in pain or otherwise struggling with breastfeeding, however, it DOES mean you shouldn't expect things to be easy right away.

Breastfeeding can take determination, time and patience - and all at a time when you are probably physically and mentally exhausted so it makes sense that many families choose this 'simple' surgery for their infants hoping it will be the magic fix!

But remember, anytime we do a procedure on our babies it does come with risks. And there are NO guarantees having a labial frenotomy (lip tie snip) will actually improve breastfeeding.

So, keep practicing and get help!

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β€œYou are not failing, Mumma. How did we ever think that we could control another human beings every moment? Why do we think that it’s ok to control them down to the minute, ruled by the clock?”

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