Australian Breastfeeding Association (Cooinda)

Australian Breastfeeding Association Whitsunday Group

Australian Breastfeeding AssociationAustralian Breastfeeding Association Whitsunday Group meets at Cooinda Family Centre.

Every mother is welcome to attend our get-togethers regardless of how you choose to feed your baby.

Mothers-to-be, partners and grandparents are also very welcome.

Our get-togethers are informal as everyone has a baby or toddler (or both) with them.

Toys are provided to help keep toddlers entertained and our venue is pram-friendly.

We share the experience of caring for our babies and learn from each other.

Our get-togethers usually start at 10.00am and finish between 11.30am and 12noon but we understand if you arrive a little later or need to leave earlier.  


If you are having a good day, a plate to share for morning tea is appreciated.

Local ABA Counsellor service is available, free of charge and all information is confidential.

Electric Breast Pump Hire is available to ABA members: $15 a week and Non-members: $30 a week.

Group library is available to borrow breastfeeding and parenting books and DVD’s.

Our Vision

  • For breastfeeding and human milk to be the norm for human babies.
  • For babies to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, with continuing breastfeeding until 2 years and beyond.

Our Mission

As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding:

  • To educate society and support mothers using up-to-date research findings and the practical experiences of many women.
  • To influence society to acknowledge breastfeeding as normal and important to skilled and loving parenting.


  • Excellence and innovation in breastfeeding support;
  • Co-operation and teamwork;
  • Honest, open and respectful communication;
  • Clear and transparent processes;
  • The well-being and diversity of our people; &
  • Skilled and loving parenting and mother- to-mother support.


  • Provide community access to up-to-dated breastfeeding information and practical support;
  • Have a high public profile and influence our society to acknowledge breastfeeding as the norm;
  • Effectively and efficiently train, resource and  support our people; &
  • Be financially secure.

Breastfeeding Counselling 

  • Offer support, information and practical suggestions for managing breastfeeding are only a phone call away, day or night, seven days a week.
  • Breastfeeding counsellors are mothers themselves. All have breastfed at least one child for at least six months, and have completed training in breastfeeding and counselling skills.
  • Breastfeeding counselling is free of charge and is confidential.

Local Breastfeeding Counsellors:

Jo         0403 312 891 (a/h)

Traci     0414 536 547

Maria (Trainee)    0429 949 035 

Breastfeeding Helpline

1800 mum 2 mum

1800  686  268


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