Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Prenatal breastfeeding classes are offered to expectant mothers, fathers, and other support people. The classes are led by lactation consultants, who teach about:

  • What to expect in the first few days after your baby is born
  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • How to breastfeed and be confident in your ability
  • What is a good latch
  • How often to breastfeed and how to know if baby is getting enough
  • Breastfeeding myths and facts, common challenges and solutions
  • Hand expressing, breast pump options, and how best to store expressed breast milk
  • Breastfeeding supports available at Scarborough Health Network and within the community

Classes at Centenary hospital

One-hour sessions are offered twice a month from 2 – 3 p.m. on weekends. No registration is required.
For more information call 416-284-8131 ext. 4530

Classes at General hospital

Classes are held every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the Global Community Resource Centre, ground floor. Registration is not required.
For more information call 416-438-2911 ext. 3222

Breastfeeding support during your hospital stay is provided by skilled nurses along with an onsite Board-certified lactation consultant. Patients receive teaching and breastfeeding assistance at the bedside.

Here are several resources to help you with breastfeeding, both at our hospital and within the community.

Breastfeeding Clinics

Our Breastfeeding Clinics provides support to all women who have questions about or issues with breastfeeding.

Toronto Public Health registered nurses work together with hospital lactation consultants in the clinic. New moms are encouraged to use the clinic as long as needed and are welcome to visit the clinic during pregnancy for advance planning and care.

In addition, expectant and new mothers can also download our free Best Feedingapp. With Best Feeding, you can:

  • Time and log breastfeeding sessions.
  • Track breast pumping sessions.
  • Log baby’s wet and soiled diapers.
  • Search for breastfeeding clinics.
  • Find reliable health information for moms and babies.

Best Feeding is available to download for free to Android devices in the Google Play Store, and for Apple devices in the App Store.

Where to find us:

Centenary hospital
Main floor
416-284-8131 ext. 4530.
Twice a month from 2 to 3 p.m. on weekends

General site
2nd Floor
416-438-2911, ext. 8241
Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Community resources

While in the hospital, we encourage patients look through their teaching packages and review information regarding community resources prior to discharge. Community resources are also posted in each patient’s room.

La Leche League Canada
Free telephone counselling and drop-in group (daytime & evening) provided by trained volunteer leaders.
www.lllc.ca

Ontario Early Years Center
Free resources and learning programs for Parents and their child from birth to six years.
www.ontarioearlyyears.ca

Toronto Health Connections
Get support by speaking with a public health nurse.
416-338-7600
Monday –Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Toronto Public Health
Further support for breastfeeding is also available at several locations across Toronto.
www.toronto.ca/health/breastfeeding/free_services.html

As well, expectant and new mothers can download SHN’s BestFeeding app. With BestFeeding, you can:

  • Time and log breastfeeding sessions.
  • Track breast pumping sessions.
  • Log baby’s wet and soiled diapers.
  • Search for breastfeeding clinics.
  • Find reliable health information for moms and babies.

BestFeeding is available to download for free