Breastfeeding is the natural way of providing your baby with the nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.

The Ministry of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until baby is around six months old.  Following this, breastfeeding is still recommended alongside the appropriate complementary foods until they are at least one year old.

Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.

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

 

Breastfeeding support: 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.

 

Breastfeeding support: 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.