Why breastfeed? - Breastfeeding provides lifelong health benefits for both mothers and babies and is a free, fast food!


Baby Café

Baby Café Hastings Friday 2pm - 4pm  Te Kākano Antenatal Clinic, 398 Omahu Road
Napier Wednesday 1-3pm Napier Maternity Resource Centre/ The Midwifery Centre, 234 Kennedy Road Lactation Consultant available to offer help and advice. No appointment is necessary.

Hawke's Bay

La Leche League breastfeeding peer counsellors E  or message FB

Central Hawke's Bay

CHB Parents Centre offers the community a free and professional service with a Lactation Consultant. Contact Ann on 06 857 3844 or text only 027 279 6204 between 9am and 6pm.  CHB Breastfeeding Peer Support Group Hayley 06 855 4928 or Tilly 06 858 8691


Kahungunu Executive. 06 838 6835

Plunket 06 878 7126

Te Tai Whenua O Heretaunga Tamariki Ora – Ph 0508 826 274

Choices – Ph 06 878 7616

24/7 Services

Plunket Line – Ph 0800 933 922

Healthline – Ph 0800 611 116


  • Most women will be able to breastfeed without special preparation. It is important however that you let your partner and family know that you will be breastfeeding so they can support you.
  • Talk to your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) if you have any specific concerns or questions.
  • There is a free antenatal breastfeeding class every month in Hastings which teaches practical breastfeeding techniques.

For many women breastfeeding is easy, but as with anything it becomes easier with practice. Your LMC is there to help you get started and if you stay in hospital there are nurses and midwives who can help.

Your LMC is there for you until six weeks after your baby is born and then your Well Child provider takes over.

A breast pump sales and hire service can be contacted by phoning or texting Bronwyn 027 677 5241 or 06 877 8282.

  Baby Café Hastings Friday 2pm - 4pm,
398 Omahu Road
  Baby Café Napier Wednesday 1pm - 3pm,
234 Kennedy Road
   Central Hawke's Bay Parents Centre  website information
   La Leche League Hawke's Bay website information or
connect on Facebook
    Breastfeeding support staff and tamariki Ora nurse  website information
 Wairoa  Breastfeeding support staff and tamariki Ora nurse 06 838 6835
  Plunket Hawke's Bay website information