Breastfeeding Initiative- Whangai u hau

The West Coast Primary Health’s two Breastfeeding Advocates are here to support you in your breastfeeding journey.  Feel free to get in touch for problem-solving, finding the information you need, or to connect with other breastfeeding mums.  

Breastfeeding Services, Support and Information

Free Lactation Consultancy Services - Breastfeeding Advocates provide breastfeeding information and support to women Coast-wide.  Referrals can be self-referral or from health/social personnel; appointments are in home or clinic. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) consultation is available.

Mum4Mum Breastfeeding Supporters – Voluntary peer counsellors who are passionate about supporting other mothers in their breastfeeding journey.  These women have breastfed their own children and completed additional training through the PHO to support other breastfeeding mothers within their community. To request Mum4Mum support, contact Erin, Raewyn, or refer to the West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook

Breastfeeding and Parenting Support Groups- B.A.B.E.S in Arms (Babies and Breastfeeding Education and Support) - women sharing information, support and friendship.  This support group currently meets in Westport, Reefton, and Greymouth. Contact the Breastfeeding Advocates to find out when the next meet up is. 

Breastfeeding Advocate Referral Form - Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally!  There are plenty of scenarios that can make breastfeeding harder and getting the right information and support is vital.  If you need help working through a breastfeeding challenge or have questions about anything related to breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Advocates Erin and Raewyn would love to hear from you.

The West Coast PHO Breastfeeding Advocate team accept self-referrals.  It’s simple – all you have to do is fill in this form and one of our team members will be in touch. Take advantage of this FREE service today!

West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook - full of information about breastfeeding and a list of Mum4Mum breastfeeding supporter's contacts.


Click on the picture to view the book.

There is also a West Coast Breastfeeding Facebook page for information and support:

For more information about free breastfeeding support and services, please contact:

Erin Turley - Breastfeeding Advocate

Greymouth & Westland regions

027 288 0392  


Raewyn Johnson IBCLC, RN - Breastfeeding Advocate

Buller region

027 288 0269

PHOTO CREDIT: Owen Kilgour