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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.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Breastfeeding 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.
 

Ongoing Schedule Change
 
Mount Pearl (Time Change): Please note that beginning on Monday, August 12, the breastfeeding support group at the Reid Community Centre (Community Room) in Mount Pearl will be changed from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on an ongoing basis. 
 
Temporary Schedule/Location Changes 
 
Harbour Grace: Please note that the breastfeeding support group at the Splash Centre (30A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace) scheduled for Monday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. has been cancelled. The group will resume again during the regularly scheduled date and time on Monday, October 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
 
Avondale: Please note that the breastfeeding support group at Roncalli High School (7-9 Kennedy’s Lane, Avondale) has been rescheduled from Monday, September 30, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. to Tuesday, October 1, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and from Monday, October 28, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. to Tuesday, October 29, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The group will resume again during the regularly scheduled date and time on Monday, November 4, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
 
Whitbourne: Please note that the breastfeeding support group at the Community Services Building (39 Main Road, Whitbourne) has been rescheduled from Thursday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from Thursday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to Wednesday, October 2, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The group will resume again during the regularly scheduled date and time on Thursday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 
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).

Resources for health professionals 
 

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Updated Sep 27, 2019