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Sherwood and Surrounds 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. 

    What we offer

    We meet twice per month on Mondays for social and discussion activities. Check the Calendar tab for more details about times and venues.

    Email for more information about any of our get-togethers. There is no need to RSVP.

    Expecting a baby? We also run Breastfeeding Education Classes. Our next class is on the afternoon of October 30 at Toowong Library. To book and get more information please email  

    If our upcoming dates don't suit you, please join one of our online Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions which run weekly during the evenings or at weekends. We encourage you to book in early if you are pregnant and wanting to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

    Mums, dads, grandparents and friends are all 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!

    Our local group volunteers

    • Group leaders: Kay & Lisa
    • Breastfeeding Counsellors: Kay and Jessica
    • Breastfeeding Educators: Lisa, Catherine and Jessica
    • Trainees: Lily
    • Breast pump hire: Jessica
    • Secretary/administration: Jessica
    • Treasurer: Kate
    • Librarian: Lisa
    • Group project coordinator: Lisa

    For more info on our group and services, email

    Where we are

    Sherwood & Surrounds ABA Group covers the suburbs of Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda, Oxley, Durack, Darra, Inala, Doolandella, Richlands, Jindalee, Jamboree Heights, Mt Ommaney, Middle Park, Riverhills, Sumner, Westlake, Sinnamon Park and Seventeen Mile Rocks, but we welcome members of any ABA group who are passing through or who are interested in coming along to our meetings from time to time.

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

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

    Yes!  Attending group activities 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 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. 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.

    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. 

    Weekly hire rates


    Please text me on 0412 911 036 to arrange collection of a Medela Symphony double electric breastpump and collection kit (if you need a kit), from Oxley. Thank you

    Breast pump hire contacts

    If the table above shows there is a pump available, please contact our breast pump hire officer. If no pumps are available locally check the map for pumps available in nearby groups.

    Location Contact

    Jessica: 0412 911 036 (text only please)

    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
      • 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.