Breastfeeding Support Programs

Programs that provide information and instruction concerning appropriate techniques for nursing an infant for expectant parents or new mothers.

 

Services

Support and assistance with breastfeeding challenges and concerns, provided by a Public Health Nurse or Lactation Consultant. Free in-person, virtual, or phone support is available to eligible families with infants up to one year.

Lactation Consultants work with clients to help manage any challenges, to help reach infant feeding goals. 

Common challenges include (but are not limited to):

Provides peer-to-peer infant feeding support, from pregnancy to weaning. Support is available through email or phone. 

Website for Health811, providing 24/7 access to health care advice.

A free, confidential service which provides health advice and general health information from a registered nurse, as well as assistance finding health care providers, symptom assessment tool, and medical library.

In emergency situations a person should always call 911.

Provides primary and holistic medical care integrated with traditional Indigenous approaches to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit community members. Staff includes both family doctors and nurse practitioners.

Assists new mothers and babies (up to 6 weeks) with breastfeeding during their hospital stay and provides support and assistance after discharge both in the clinic and over the telephone. Visits are by appointment only.

Provides parents with informed support before, during, and after the birthing process. Services include:

Free weekly groups for pregnant individuals. Discussions with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian include pregnancy, labour and birth, managing stress, eating well and cooking healthy food, breastfeeding, and community supports.

Aims to educate new mothers on healthy interactions with their babies through prenatal classes, nutrition counselling, and postnatal home visits. The program includes:

Encourages and promotes healthy pregnancies for Aboriginal mothers and their babies, offering culturally appropriate support for babies up to 6 months of age and their families by improving maternal infant care, promoting healthy birth weights, and overall better health promotion for expecting mo

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