Help From Those Who Have Been There and Done It!
Looking for support from experienced breastfeeding parents in your community?
Parents who have breastfed or are currently breastfeeding can give you a lot of encouragement and support. Research shows that parents who receive help from other parents often breastfeed longer, feel happier and are more confident about breastfeeding.
In the Ottawa area you have lots of options. You can get parent-to-parent support by phone, by email and in person. It’s a great way to learn about breastfeeding before and after baby arrives.
Besides people known to you, here are sources of additional help from parents with first-hand breastfeeding experience:
La Leche League (pronounced “la lay-chay” league, also known as “LLL”)
On the phone, in groups or by email, help is available FREE OF CHARGE. You may call 613-238-5919 or send an email to: email@example.com. If you tell the volunteer where you live and how old your baby is, she can direct you to a group that can give you the best help. LLL leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers trained to provide help and support to other mothers. La Leche League has been helping mothers around the world since 1961. This website lets you find a group close to where you live: La Leche League Canada.
Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Program, CPNP, or Buns in the Oven
Weekly meetings to provide support to improve the health and well being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies who have needs. Available in Ottawa in 7 sites. Learn to cook, eat together, and learn about your baby. Contact: 613-749-4584
This group of breastfeeding mothers meets once a week for informal discussion. No fee, but donations are welcome. A Certified Lactation Counsellor guides the group. More information (including dates and times) is available on Facebook: Breastfeeding Cafe. On hiatus until September.
Parenting and Breastfeeding Drop-In at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre
2260 Walkley Road (at the corner of St-Laurent Blvd, in the Canon building)
This free drop-in is available to all parents regardless of birth location. Benefit from peer-to-peer support, and expert advice from an experienced midwife in a relaxed, community environment. Join us for encouragement, information, and support.
Every Tuesday, 10am-11:30am
Ottawa Multiple Breastfeeding Support
For all mothers of multiples or expecting multiples, to discuss the ins and outs of feeding multiples and to share experiences.
4th Monday of every month at 10am
Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Rd., no fee.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant attends but this is mother-led.
Moms Mentoring Moms Program, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
This program includes a weekly breastfeeding peer support group for First Nations, Métis and Inuit mothers who are breastfeeding or expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed. The group will be held weekly, with the location alternating between the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (299 Montreal Road) and Minwaashin Lodge (100-1155 Lola Street). For more information, and for dates and times of the offerings, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.wabano.com/programs/health-diabetes-fasd-health-promotions-hiv-pre-postnatal/pre-and-post-natal-program/
“Lactation Connection” peer to peer support drop in Every Tuesday morning in the Glebe
799 Bank Street, upstairs in suite 203
$5, breakfast, tea and coffee offered!
Drop in facilitated by a Birth and Postpartum Doula
for more information they can email email@example.com