Nelson and Wairau maternity units are proud to be part of the international Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Breastfeeding is encouraged and core midwives will advise and support you. However, should you choose not to breastfeed you will be equally supported.

The wellbeing of you and your baby is most important and maternity unit staff are there to help you bath baby, support you with feeding or give you a few encouraging words. There is a wide variety of maternity and postnatal services available through the hospital and the core midwives or your LMC may make recommendations to you.

Breastfeeding support and baby friendly places in the community

Nelson and Tasman

Lactation consultancy

Appointments with a lactation consultant are free of charge, available by referral from a health professional (your midwife, Well Child Nurse, GP or practice nurse.

Community support groups

Support groups are a relaxed, informal way for mothers to get together, with breastfeeding support available.

Plunket groups:

  • Nelson Plunket Rooms (Paru Paru Road) on the last Thursday of the month
  • Richmond Plunket Rooms (Waverley St) on the second Thursday of every month

La Leche League group:

Motueka Family Service Centre:

WINZ support
Financial assistance for purchasing a breast pump (criteria applies). Contact Work and Income NZ.

Marlborough

Lactation consultancy

Appointments with a lactation consultant are free of charge, available by referral from a health professional (your midwife, Well Child Nurse, GP or practice nurse. 

WINZ support
Financial assistance for purchasing a breast pump (criteria applies). Contact Work and Income NZ.