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Boroondara 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. 

    Restrictions and venue availability mean that our breastfeeding education classes are being offered live and online. Breastfeeding Education Live sessions run weekly during the evenings and at weekend. We encourage you to book in if you are pregnant and wanting to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

    What we offer

    As restrictions on gatherings have eased, in 2022 we are returning to face to face meetings in a COVIDSafe way. Upcoming get-togethers are on the Calendar and our Facebook Page ABA in Melbourne's East

    We also offer breast pump hire

    Library (ABA members only)

    Books and DVDs are available to borrow free of charge. You can browse through what we have here, and if you are looking to see if we have something specific, you can search the catalogue here. Click on a title to arrange to borrow!

    A selection of items is usually at discussion get-togethers. Email our librarian Leslie for more details or to arrange collection outside these get-togethers.

    ABA Boroondara Group volunteers

    Our group is run by volunteers. Whatever your capacity, there is sure to be a role for you. Volunteering with ABA can fit in with life’s many commitments and there are a variety of roles such as a one-off at a community festival through to roles that require more formalised and ongoing training. Some of our volunteers...

    • Group Leaders: Kate and Tanya
    • Treasurer: Judy
    • Group Librarians: Leslie (Ashburton)
    • Breastfeeding Counsellors:  Angela, Janice, Jo, Judy, Kate, Kristie, Ruth and Tanya. 
    • Breastfeeding Educators: Janice, Susan, Leslie and Karen
    • We currently have several trainee educators and counsellors. We always welcome people who are interested in training with ABA – several counsellors/educators will retire soon and there is always a demand for our services.
    • Trainers and Assessors: Ruth and Susan

    Read more about volunteering with ABA here (Members: make sure you are logged in to see the full range of roles available.) If you see a role you are interested in please email us!

    Where we are

    ABA Boroondara encompasses the suburbs within the City of Boroondara (Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Camberwell, Canterbury, Deepdene, Glen Iris, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, Mont Albert North, Surrey Hills and Toroonga) along with suburbs Ashwood (Monash), Burwood (Whitehorse/Monash) and Glen Iris (Stonnington), and most recently Richmond, Burnley and Cremorne (City of Yarra).

    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! Our social activities and meet ups are open to all.

    You’re also welcome to check out our 'Info and Chat' sessions once or twice as a non-member. On-going participation is a benefit of becoming an ABA member.

    Not a member yet? No problem, you can join us today. Signing up is easy.

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    Who we are
    Get in touch with Kate and Tanya your friendly local group contact at:
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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. 

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    Hiring pumps through ABA

    All breast pumps for hire are hospital-grade. They are available for short-term or long-term hire.

    Both the Ardo Carum and Ardo Calypso breast pumps are endorsed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Ardo is in full compliance with the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes (WHO Code). 

    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
    Balwyn

    Amy: 0421 936 675 

    Kew East

    Ruth: 03 9859 6478

    Ringwood

    Jen: 0488 742 668

    Glen Iris Judy: 

    Weekly hire rates

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

    Ruth:  9859 6478 has 1 Ameda Elite pump available.

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

    Ruth: 9859 6478 has a Medela Symphony pump available.

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

    Amy: 0421 936 675

    Member
    $25.00
    Non-member
    $50.00
    Deposit
    $100.00
    Available
    No
    Description

    Judy

    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:

      No classes are available currently. Please check nearby local group events and classes. Nearby calendar