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 virtual meetings, video-chats, and by email, help is available FREE OF CHARGE. Pour toutes services en français visitez Ligue La Leche. For service inArabic, call 343-700-3420or email Ottawa.South@LLLC.ca. For service in English and some other languages, visitLa Leche League Canada, call 613-238-5919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional muliti-lingual information is available throughLa Leche League International.
La Leche League Leaders are experienced breast and chest feeding parents trained to provide help and support to other parents. La Leche League has been helping families since 1956. Find LLLC virtual meetings that fit your schedule, or find a La Leche League Leader in your neighbourhood for a one-on-one phone call or video-chat, using LLLC's Interactive Map.
La Leche League looks forward to resuming in-person activities when public health advice suggests it is appropriate to do so.
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
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 email@example.com or visit http://www.wabano.com/programs/health-diabetes-fasd-health-promotions-hiv-pre-postnatal/pre-and-post-natal-program/