If you need help with breastfeeding your baby or require parenting support, please contact one of the following organisations:
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Call Healthline if you need advice about a child of any age who is unwell, has been hurt or has any symptoms of sickness. Healthline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone calls are free from within New Zealand, including calls from mobile phones.
Call Healthline if you or your child is:
- feeling unwell - but not sure whether you need to see a doctor
- needing some urgent advice about a family member or friend who is sick
- on holiday and want to know where the nearest doctor or pharmacy is.
Healthline is staffed by experienced registered nurses who can provide health information and advice over the phone. If you need to talk to someone in your own language, Healthline can usually arrange this using a translation service.
PlunketLine – 0800 933 922
PlunketLine is a toll-free parent helpline and advice service available to all families, whanau and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
When you call PlunketLine your call will be answered by a Plunket nurse, who can give you advice and information on parenting issues and your child's health and wellbeing. Phone calls are free from within New Zealand, including calls from mobile phones.
Plunket nurses are registered nurses with additional qualifications in well child health. Plunket also has nursing staff who can speak other languages.
New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association – 0800 452 282
The New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association (NZLCA) is the professional association of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in New Zealand.
Lactation Consultants are the main resource for anyone requiring assistance or needing to know more about special breastfeeding and lactation problems, or about the importance of human milk. Lactation Consultants advocate for breastfeeding to be the cultural norm for all babies and toddlers.
All NZLCA members have all passed a fully accredited examination set by the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners (IBLCE).
For more information, go to www.nzlca.org.nz
La Leche League
La Leche League has provided mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding in Aotearoa New Zealand for more than 50 years. La Leche League services are free and confidential.
To connect with an accredited La Leche League Leader near you, or to find your local group, visit Get Breastfeeding Help.