Breastfeeding is good for babies in many ways. It protects them from diseases and promotes optimal growth, health and development.
It also protects against obesity. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of being obese later in life by four per cent for each additional month up to eight months of age. Exclusive breastfeeding is particularly important for the first six months, a critical period in early childhood development that strongly influences longer-term health outcomes.
There When You Need Us
Offered to Public and Private sector organizations as an adjunct to a health information program our Breastfeeding Support Service allows new and expectant moms to access expert advice and support for breastfeeding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is provided by Registered Nurses who have received extensive training in breastfeeding, lactation support and health coaching. The program is supported by Lactation Consultants and Registered Dietitians who are available as required by our Coaches.
The Breastfeeding Support Service is designed to assist new mothers with immediate breastfeeding concerns when other providers may not be available, and to refer mothers back to local experts for ongoing support and follow-up as required. The service is provided in English and French with 24/7 access to telephone interpreters in more than 300 languages and a direct TTY number for those with hearing and speech difficulties.
Our RNs use their clinical skills and techniques such as motivational interviewing to help moms with information on the benefits of breastfeeding, breast pain, latching difficulties, expression of breast milk, storage of breast milk, supplementation, and baby led weaning. Finally, we have developed an extensive referral database of educational materials and community resources that can be shared with our clients.