Did you know that breastfeeding is the normal and healthiest way to feed babies? Breastfeeding has plenty of health benefits for mom and babies.
Sometimes breastfeeding can be a challenge; breastfeeding mothers and their families may need support at one time or another.
Eastern Health is committed to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in many ways. For example:
- Breastfeeding Policy (PDF) in its hospitals and its community health offices.
- Delay the Bath practices where a newborn’s first bath is delayed for 24 hours. This helps the newborn adjust to the outside world and supports breastfeeding.
- Skin-to-Skin contact where newborns are placed skin-to-skin on mother’s (or support person) bare chest.
- Healthy Beginnings Program where community health nurses offer support to newborns and mothers.
- Breastfeeding Support Groups that are facilitated by community health nurses
- Providing resources
- Creating links/referrals to community services and health care professionals.
Breastfeeding Support GroupsBreastfeeding Support Groups are available across Eastern Health. For schedule information, check out the links below:
Note: From time to time, breastfeeding support groups are moved to an alternate location or rescheduled. Please call ahead of time to ensure sessions are going ahead. You can also contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Line at 811.
These groups are facilitated by a community health nurse and no appointment is necessary. Visit a group in your area if you are pregnant or nursing your baby to discuss breastfeeding with a community health nurse. You will get to meet new moms in your community and help each other to have a positive breastfeeding experience. Support persons are also welcome to attend these groups.
If there is no regularly scheduled Breastfeeding Support Group in your community, you can contact a community health nurse for support/and or information.
Family Resource Centres may offer Breastfeeding Support groups. Contact your local Family Resource Centre for information on groups.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Health Line can also be contacted at 811 or 1-888-709-3555 (TTY).