Inner South East Melbourne, Vic
Welcome to our group
If you are not yet a member, you're welcome to come along to a meeting and see if you like us first! ABA meetings offer a non-judgemental, supportive atmosphere to share the frustrations and the joys of parenting, as well as getting accurate information about babies and breastfeeding.
With the current restrictions on in-person gatherings, many local groups across Australia are running virtual and online get-togethers. You can view our national calendar of events to find a full listing, and attend a group anywhere in Australia.
Where we are
We cover suburbs from Port Melbourne along the bay past St Kilda and Brighton to Parkdale, and eastward along the Monash freeway to Chadstone, then down Springvale rd to Braeside. This includes South Yarra, Malvern, Caulfield, Bentleigh, Highett, Moorabbin, Dingley Village, Clayton, Oakleigh, and surrounding suburbs.
The local councils in our area are the City of Melbourne (part), City of Port Philip (all), City of Stonnington (part), City of Glen Eira (all), City of Bayside (all), City of Kingston (part), and City of Monash (part).
More about our group
We hold meetings at two different venues, usually on these regular dates:
Port Melbourne (1st & 3rd *Friday* each month, 1-3pm)
Glenhuntly (1st & 3rd Thursday, 10am-12)
Come when you can, leave when you must. At our meetings you can find out the latest evidence-based information on baby feeding, sleeping, and general parenting topics, as well as pick up tips from parents of older kids and share your own experiences. Sometimes we have guest speakers on specialist topics. Members can also borrow books from our library on a wide range of breastfeeding and parenting topics. All of our meeting venues are kid-friendly, with child size toilets and change tables, enclosed playgrounds for toddlers to explore, toys for little ones and tea/coffee for parents!
Can I still come if...
I don't breastfeed? Yes, as long as you don't mind seeing other people breastfeed! We know that sometimes things don't work out as you might have wanted; 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 parenting thing together.
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!
My child is not a baby any more? Yes, we are really lucky to have great venues with enough space for busy little people to play while their parents talk. Mums don't stop needing support once their child starts walking!
I already go to a mothers' group/playgroup? Yes. ABA meetings are more than a new parents' group, as the children are not all the same age - so you're not competing over who's child gets the next milestone first/sleeps longest/gains weight fastest... instead you get to see what's coming up from the children older than yours, and you can see how far your baby has come every time a newborn baby comes along. It really helps to get a broad perspective. ABA meetings are also more than a playgroup, as not only are you getting some socialising while your child gets to play, you can also get information about raising children and talk to a trained breastfeeding counsellor one-on-one if you want.
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. Information and support is only part of why we come - our regular attendees keep coming along because ABA meetings are fun