Being a parent can be a tough task at the best of times.
Throw a coronavirus pandemic into the mix and a whole new set of challenges arise.
That's where the Hastings Australian Breastfeeding Association can help.
"It's a safe space where women can come to get information and also connect with other parents," Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellor Alison Ralph said.
"Particularly during this time with the coronavirus pandemic, as other support networks aren't available or able to operate," she said.
The group hosts regular meet ups for parents who live in the Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Lake Cathie, Wauchope and Kempsey areas.
Michelle Gale is first time mum to baby Austin (four months) and was at the meet up on Tuesday, December 21.
She said her confidence has grown since attending her first meeting when Austin was three-weeks-old.
Mrs Ralph has been a breastfeeding counsellor for six years.
"I've had three children and I've experienced difficulties in feeding all three of them, particularly my first," she said.
Mrs Ralph reached out to her local Australian Breastfeeding Association support group where she found the help she was looking for.
"I decided I wanted to give back to other mums and help them along as much as I can, because it certainly isn't an easy journey.
The group plans to meet fortnightly in 2022 at different venues across the Mid North Coast.
For more information about upcoming events, or to join the group please visit the ABA Hastings Group on Facebook.