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Breastfeeding Support

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.
To learn more about Breastfeeding Support at Eastern Health, download “Breastfeeding Support for Families: What to Expect When You Leave the Hospital” (PDF)
 
Breastfeeding Support Groups
  • Breastfeeding Support Groups are now offered virtually via. ZOOM. Connect with other breastfeeding moms and a Public Health Nurse for Breastfeeding Support! Please contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.
 

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Updated Nov 2, 2020