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Wagga and Riverina Group, NSW

    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. 

    Expecting a baby? Breastfeeding Education Live sessions run weekly during the evenings and at weekend. We encourage you to book in to learn more about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

    What we offer

    Our group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at Glenfield Community Centre. Join us for an Infor and chat session or a Park Chat and Play.

    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!

    Dads, partners, friends and grandparents are also welcome along with babies and children of all ages of course. 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

    We cover a large area of southern NSW, including the towns of Hay, Hillston, Griffith, Leeton, Coleambally, Narranderra, Coolamon, Temora, Cootamundra, Junee, Gundagai, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Yerong Creek, Lockhart and surrounding areas. 

    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.

    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 Claire 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.

    If you would like to hire a breast pump please contact us via waggaaba@gmail.com, or message our Facebook page, or call our volunteers below and on of them will respond as soon as possible. 

    Location Contact
    Wagga

    Claire: 0403 517 650

    Griffith

    Sally: 0427 643 649

    Weekly hire rates

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

    Claire: 0403 517 650 

    Email

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

    Claire: 0403 517 650 

    Email

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

    Sally: 0427 643 649

    Email

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

    Sally: 0427 643 649

    Email

    SPECIAL: Cost per week for a Medela Symphony or Ardo Carum: $15 for members or $30 for non members.

    The deposit, any purchase fees for collection kits, and the initial hire fees can be paid by cash or direct deposit (please provide the direct deposit receipt).  We have no credit card facilities. Subsequent hire fees are able to be direct deposited into our group's bank account. Hire fees should be kept paid two weeks in advance.

    The money made by our group through hiring these breast pumps is used entirely to fund our activities in the local community, and training of volunteers to take out these activities. By hiring a pump through our local group, you are also supporting a community group and supporting other mothers to breastfeed.

    Medela Symphony and Ardo Carum breast pumps are hospital grade breast pumps. This means that they are appropriate for mothers who are in situations that require expressing very frequently, or a very high quality pump. They also use a closed system, meaning that there is no risk of contamination when the pumps are used by multiple mothers. Pump hirers need to supply or purchase their own collection kits. The collection kit is the bottle that the milk goes in to, and the caps and tubes that attach the bottles to the pump. We generally keep a small number of milk collection kits for sale, we ask that you check this before hiring if you need to purchase a collection kit.

    Breast pumps for purchase by this group

    We now also have hospital grade electric breast pumps to sell in Wagga and Griffith. The Ardo Calypso is a hospital grade double electric breast pump. Unlike many other locally available electric breast pumps, these pumps are a closed system, meaning that there is no risk of contamination or milk getting into the pump. They are available to purchase for $300 including the pump kit 

    Collection kits

    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.

    As at January 2022, prices for collection kits are as follows:

    Medela Symphony - Double Pump Collection Kits $69

    Ardo Carum - Double Pump Collection Kit $54.95

    All milk collection kits include a copy of the ABA booklet "Expressing and Storing Breastmilk".

    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: