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Blackburn-Mitcham Group, VIC

    Our local group offers a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere to all mums and their families to share the frustrations and the joys of parenting, and access accurate information about babies and breastfeeding.

    We support all families. Mums who are mixed-feeding, bottle feeding, exclusively expressing or not breastfeeding are always welcome. We chat in a relaxed setting and there is often access to a breastfeeding counsellor or educator who can assist you with any breastfeeding questions, worries or issues you may be having. 

    What we offer

    We meet each month on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 12noon. Join us at Avenue Neighbourhood House at 87 Eley Rd, Blackburn South (Banksia Room). Feel free to enter via the Neighbourhood House main entrance or use the carpark next to the Scout/Guide Hall and you'll see our big banner welcoming you.

    We also offer Breast pump hire.

    Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions run weekly during the evenings or at weekends. We encourage you to book in if you are pregnant and wanting to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

    Mums, dads, friends and grandparents are welcome and babies and children of all ages. So if you’ve never been to our group before (or it’s been a while since your last visit), why not come along and say hello? We’d love to see you!

    Where we are

    The Mitcham-Blackburn group supports pregnant women and mothers in: Blackburn, Box Hill, Doncaster, Donvale, Forest Hill, Lower Templestowe, Mitcham, Nunawading, Templestowe and Vermont. We also welcome mothers from surrounding areas.

    Our neighbouring groups

    Can I still come to local group events if...

    ...I haven't had my baby yet?

    Yes! Attending meetings while you're pregnant is a great way to see mums breastfeeding and learn more about it. Many of us nowadays don't have much experience with babies until we have our own, so we need all the help we can get!

    You might also like to check out our popular breastfeeding education classes.

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    ...everything is going fine? 

    Yes! You don't need to be having problems with breastfeeding or anything else to come along and enjoy some interesting conversation and connect with local mums. It’s not just about getting Information and support. Our regular attendees keep coming along because it’s fun to be part of our local group.

    ...I already go to a mothers' group or playgroup?

    Yes! ABA meet ups are more than a new parents' group. There are babies and children of different ages so there’s no competition over whose child reaches the next milestone first/sleeps longest/gains weight fastest.  Instead, you get to see children older than yours and find out what's ahead for you. You can also see how far your baby has come every time a newborn arrives. It really helps to get a broad perspective.

    Our local group activities are also more than just a playgroup or a coffee catch up. You get to have a conversation with another adult while your child plays. You also have access to information about raising children and can chat to a breastfeeding counsellor or educator.

    ...I don't breastfeed? 

    Yes, as long as you don’t mind seeing others breastfeed. We know that sometimes things don’t work out as you’d planned. We have members who are exclusively breastfeeding, pumping and bottle feeding, mixed feeding and exclusively formula feeding.

    Everyone is welcome: no judgement, no competitions, no 'alpha parents'. We're all in this together.

    ...my child is not a baby any more? 

    Yes! Mums don't stop needing support once their child is mobile or starts walking!

    ...I'm not an ABA member?

    Yes! ABA Local Group events are open to everyone. We just ask that you ‘sign-in’ using the QR provided to you by the group leader. This will give you access to a free, ongoing Introductory ABA membership.

    Joining ABA as a financial member, provides us with much needed funding to continue to support mums, parents and families in the community. 

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    Breast pump hire

    Our group hires electric breast pumps for you to express milk for your baby. ABA members receive a 50% discount on pump hire. Not a member yet? No problem, it's easy to join and access your discount. 

    Our group currently has no pumps available for hire.

    When hiring through your local ABA group you get an initial consultation to work out the best options for you and information on how to maximise your expressed milk and how to store it safely. You can contact your breast pump hire officer for more help along the way if you need it. All funds raised through breast pump hire go towards supporting your local group.

    Breast pump hire is run by dedicated volunteer breastfeeding counsellors and educators who provide the service from their homes. As busy mums with work and family commitments, we ask for your understanding if we are unable to respond as promptly as you desire. There are many families wanting to hire pumps so there are often times when all local pumps are already hired out. 

    Breast pump hire contacts

    To check breast pump availability, check the table below or call our breast pump hire officer. If no pumps are available locally check the map for pumps available in nearby groups

    Location Contact
    Blackburn-Mitcham Group has both Symphony and Lactina pumps available for hire.

    Jean 9812 2258

    Weekly hire rates

    Member
    $25.00
    Non-member
    $50.00
    Deposit
    $100.00
    Available
    Yes
    Description

     

    ph Jean 9812 2258

    Member
    $15.00
    Non-member
    $30.00
    Deposit
    $50.00
    Available
    Yes
    Description

    Ph Jean 9812 2258

    You will also need a milk collection kit to connect to the pump you hire. If you do not already have one, you can buy the kit when you hire a pump. Costs vary from time to time – ask your ABA breast pump hire officer for current prices.

    COVID-19 health measures for pump hiring

    Our guidelines for interactions with families and the cleaning of our pumps include:

      • the ABA Breast Pump Hiring Officer being well and not having been in contact with anyone who is sick
      • options for completing paperwork and payment online
      • collecting/returning the breast pump from/to the ABA Breast Pump Hiring Officer’s doorstep
      • stringent cleaning of returned pumps (Please note that it is standard practice that all mothers hiring our pumps are required to purchase their own milk collection kit which is available to buy at the time of hiring.)
      • getting breastfeeding and pumping support via telephone on the Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 686 268
      • accessing information on expressing from our website.

      Read more about expressing

      Browse the information booklets in our Marketplace, including:

      There are no in-person breastfeeding classes being held in this area currently. Please check the main calendar for classes in nearby groups or for the dates of our up and coming weekly online Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions.