The Australian Breastfeeding Association's (ABA) vision for society is that breastfeeding is recognised as important by all Australians and is culturally normal.
As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding, ABA supports, educates and advocates for a breastfeeding inclusive society.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia's peak information, education and support service on breastfeeding.
Through the provision of practical mother-to-mother peer support, up-to-date and evidence-based information and continuing education for health care workers, ABA helps hundreds of thousands of families each year on their breastfeeding journey.
Internationally recognised, the ABA also works to affect policy and societal change to make it easier for mothers to successfully breastfeed for as long as they choose to.
Our services include personal membership for mums and their families, and membership for health professionals, a state-of-the-art online information hub, a 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline, LiveChat, mum2mum app, an informative website, local support groups, antenatal classes and numerous print and digital resources. ABA also provides resources to support breastfeeding friendly communities, including Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace accreditation, Baby Care Room awards and the Breastfeeding Welcome Everywhere recognition program.
More than 1,000 volunteers are involved in the delivery of our services, as qualified breastfeeding counsellors and educators. The majority of our qualified volunteers are mothers themselves who have breastfed their own children and have completed a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education.
ABA is a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally-recognised courses to those who wish to become qualified counsellors and educators and to health professionals caring for breastfeeding women and babies.
Our strategic plan
At ABA, everything we do is guided by our strategic framework. This framework enables us to unite and align across Australia.
These strategic areas have been identified as key to achieving our mission and working towards our vision.
- Breastfeeding peer support
- Breastfeeding education of health workers
- Breastfeeding friendly environments
- Public awareness, and promotion of breastfeeding and ABA
- Organisational sustainability