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Darebin Group, VIC

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

    We support all families. Parents who are breastfeeding, 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. 

    Expecting a baby? 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.

    What we offer

    • Group meetings each month, at different locations across our group's area
    • Online "drop in" sessions to chat, ask breastfeeding questions and meet other members of the group
    • Trained breastfeeding counsellors
    • Hospital grade breastpump hire
    • A facebook group
    • A library with books & DVDs on breastfeeding, pregnancy and birth and parenting topics
    • Support and friendship regardless of the path your breastfeeding journey takes.

    Members are welcome to join our Facebook group 

    We look forward to meeting you soon!

    Can't find an event at our group which suits you? Check our what our friends in Pascoe-Vale Hume or Diamond Valley are doing! You're welcome to any ABA events taking place across the country.

    Where we are

    Darebin Group is situated in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. We stretch from Wollert in the north to Abbotsford in the South. We cover suburbs including Bundoora, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Epping, Fitzroy, Gilberton, Keon Park, Kingsbury, Lalor, Northcote, Preston, Regent West, Reservoir, South Morang, Thomastown, Thornbuy, Wollert and Woodstock. 

    We are part of the Plenty Valley region, and often run activities with our friends over in Diamond Valley. As an ABA member you are welcome to attend events at ABA groups anywhere in the country. 

    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 other women 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 you're not competing over who's child reaches the next milestone first/sleeps longest/gains weight fastest.  Instead, you get to see children older than yours and know what's ahead for you. Plus you can see how far your baby has come every time a newborn comes along. 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 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. 

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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, see 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
    Thornbury Nicole: 0409151 164
    Northcote Helene: 0413 876 524* holiday leave 1 Sep - 15 Oct
    Wollert Pip: 0407 033 901

    Weekly hire rates

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

    Pip text: 0407 033 901

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

    Helene: 0413 876 524

     

     

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

    Helene: 0413 876 524

    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.