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North Brisbane Group, QLD

    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. 

    If you are pregnant, we encourage you to come and meet the group before your baby arrives. This is so much easier to do before the birth, rather than afterwards when you are trying to find your feet as a mum and everything is new!

    Mums, dads, grandparents and friends are welcome, along with 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.

    What we offer

    Our group meets each week on various days starting at 9.30am at venues around North Brisbane: Grange library, Nundah library, Chermside library and the Mitchelton Presbyterian Church hall. See our calendar or attached event dates for details. 

    Our very popular Breastfeeding Education Classes are held most months at Ashgrove or Chermside Library. If our upcoming dates don't suit you, please join one of our Breastfeeding Education Live sessions which run weekly during the evenings and at weekends. We encourage you to book in early if you are pregnant and wanting to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

    We also hire breast pumps. See our breast pump hire information for details.

    Where we are

    North Brisbane group covers all the suburbs north of the river to Carseldine and Boondall and west to The Gap, Camp Mountain and Samford.

    Our neighbouring groups are Albany Creek to Caboolture and surrounds and Kenmore.

     

    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 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! 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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    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. Local pump hire information can also be obtained by emailing abanorthbrisbane@gmail.com. If no pumps are available locally check the map for pumps available in nearby groups.

    Location Contact
    Taigum

    Katie: 0402 070 304

    Banyo

    Sally: 0411 556 016

    McDowall

    Tanya0418 986 335

    ABA Queensland Branch Office

    (4/92 Merthyr Rd, New Farm)

    07 3254 2233

    9am-2pm, Mon- Fri

    Weekly hire rates

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

    Katie: 0402 070 304

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

    Katie: 0402 070 304

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

    Sally: 0411 556 016 (unavailable 19/9 to 3/10 inclusive)

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

    Tanya: 0418 986 335

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

    Tanya: 0418 986 335

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

    Sally: 0411 556 016 (unavailable 19/9 to 3/10 inclusive)

    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.

    Medela Symphony double kit - $70.00

    Ardo Carum double kit - $62.00

    Other lactation aids for purchase from this group

    • Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) ($93.95) -  1 available (contact Tanya 0418 986 335 - McDowall)

    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: