Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding a natural nurturing experience, but it is also a skill that needs practice. Our team at Rouge Valley is here to provide you with support.

Before you give birth

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Rouge Valley Health System is now offering Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes for mothers who plan to deliver at our hospital.

Expectant mothers will learn:

  • What to expect in the first few days after your baby is born

  • What are 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

  • What breastfeeding supports are available at Rouge Valley and within the community

Classes

 

Rouge Valley Centenary

To register for classes, please call 416-284-8131 ext. 4530.

  • Where: Birthing and Newborn Centre

  • When: One-hour session is offered twice a month from 2 to 3 p.m. on weekends

 

Support during your hospital stay

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.

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering—Home with Baby Class (for inpatients)

Our very popular Home with Baby daily classes enhance breastfeeding support by offering further education. Patients and family receive instructions on how to cope with the day to day challenges of parenthood, mom and baby care, and important resources in the community.

During the Home with Baby class, dads receive helpful tips on how to be an active participant in breastfeeding and baby care. Dads also learn about their new roles through discussions based on reliable websites, blogs and monthly newsletters.

Classes

  • Where: Maternal Newborn Services department

  • When: Weekday mornings, 10 a.m.

Rouge Valley Centenary—Breastfeeding Class (for inpatients)

At Rouge Valley Centenary, we offer a breastfeeding class facilitated by a lactation consultant every morning. All moms are invited to attend.

Classes

  • Where: Birthing and Newborn Centre

  • When: Daily, 9 a.m.

Hospital brochures

Here are some helpful brochures on feeding your baby:

 

Support when you go home with baby

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

Rouge Valley Centenary Breastfeeding Support Clinic

The breastfeeding support clinic is a part of our Birthing and Newborn Centre at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus. In addition to providing support for new mothers while they are still patients with us at the Birthing and Newborn Centre, the clinic also offers prenatal assessment for women planning to breastfeed and follow-up and support for mothers in the community.

The clinic supports a wide range of issues and concerns mothers may experience while breastfeeding, including:

  • Flat/inverted nipples

  • Sore/cracked nipples

  • Too much or not enough milk

  • Breast engorgement

  • Latching and positioning

  • Breastfeeding multiples/premature babies

  • Babies who have difficulty latching, slow weight gain or are “fussy”

Clinic hours

We offer one-on-one consultation at the following times:

  • 7 days a week, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (open to all families who delivered at RVHS, by appointment only)

Consultation is also offered to all families, including those who delivered outside of RVHS, on a walk-in basis, in partnership with Toronto Public Health, during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 12 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Closed on statutory holidays

Contact information

If you have questions or require more information, please contact us at 416-284-8131 ext. 4530.

The breastfeeding support clinic is located within the Birthing and Newborn Centre at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus. Get a map and directions to Rouge Valley Centenary.

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.

Durham Health Connection
Offers free breastfeeding clinic appointment for all residents in the Durham Region.
905-666-6241

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

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