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Tas Central Coast Group, TAS

    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. Some of our meetups are online on Zoom, with in-person get-togethers too.  Check the calendar tab for what's coming up. We hold informal zoom discussions online as well as other social get-togethers.  

    Tas Central Coast group is offering our antenatal Breastfeeding Education Live webinar classes FREE to expectant members (normally $20.00). We encourage you to book in if you are pregnant and wanting to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives. Breastfeeding Education Live sessions run weekly during the evenings and at weekend. Join ABA and use the code provided to book and pay upfront for your Breastfeeding Education Live (BEL) session.  Forward your BEL receipt and bank details to mrbowen@hotkey.net.au to receive your $20.00 cashback.. 

    What we offer

    We meet via Zoom online on the first Friday of the month for an informal discussion topic on breastfeeding or sometimes a guest speaker on a parenting topic, 12 noon - 1.30 pm. See the Calendar tab for details.

    Then we meet in-person in Covid-19 safe ways for a social get-together on the third Friday of the month (except in April 2022 due to Easter), 10 am - 12 noon. During the summer we are aiming to make these pram walks (weather permitting) and at other times we meet at No. 34 Alexandra Road, Ulverstone (the Training Room at the far end at the Aboriginal Health Service).

    We also have occasional dessert nights starting at 7.30 pm  - yum! Please check the calendar for meeting topics and dates and venue details for in-person events (closer to the event we may have more details). Our events are very informal and are run by volunteers. No-one minds if you’re running late or need to leave early! 

    Parents, 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!

    Where we are

    Our group covers the Central Coast region including Forth, Ulverstone, Gawler, Gunns Plains, North Motton, Preston, Penguin, Riana, South Riana, Sulphur Creek and Heybridge.

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    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.

    ...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.

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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
    Tas Central Coast 

    Marion: 6425 5780 (Please leave a message)

      Weekly hire rates

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

      Marion: 6425 5780 Please leave a message and we will call you back.

       

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

      Marion: 6425 5780   Please leave a message and we will call you back.

       

      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.

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