Breastfeeding

A mother holds her newborn baby

Lakeridge Health promotes breastfeeding as the best way to provide your newborn baby with the nutrition they need. It's inexpensive, natural and healthy.

Our babies stay in their mother's room at all times, unless they are unable to for medical reasons. This gives mothers the chance to breastfeed whenever their baby is hungry.

Breastfeeding requires time and patience. Our nurses are trained to offer you guidance and support while you're still in the hospital. For women with complex breastfeeding concerns, our team of lactation consultants are here to help.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Oshawa

We encourage moms to learn about breastfeeding before your baby arrives with our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. This class is offered once a week at our Oshawa site, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a $20 charge with a birthing class and $30 without.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with their partner or support person. Class size is limited to eight couples. You can register for the Prenatal Breastfeeding Class when you register for birthing classes or by calling 905-576-8711 ext. 4116 or 3495.

Ajax-Pickering

Ajax-Pickering offers Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes for mothers who are planning to deliver at our hospital. 

To register for classes, please call 905-683-2320 ext. 1597

  • Where: The Breastfeeding Support, Room 1018 (within the Women and Child Health Unit)
  • When: One Saturday each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

You will learn:

  • 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 your 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 Ajax-Pickering, and in your community

Ajax-Pickering Breastfeeding Peer Support Group

Our Breastfeeding Peer Support Group is facilitated by a public health nurse and a board-certified lactation consultant. The aim of the drop-in support group is to help mothers ensure greater success with feeding their babies. The group allows anyone who is breastfeeding, or who may be contemplating breastfeeding, to meet one another, share expertise, offer support to one another and establish a network of social support.

Common topics

  • Breastfeeding in the early weeks, feeding cues, nipple pain, positioning and latching
  • Growth spurts, nursing strikes, perceive lack of milk, weaning
  • Mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush

Group meetings

  • When: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Maternal Newborn Service department, first floor of West wing

Breastfeeding-friendly Spaces

Lakeridge Health offers privacy and comfort to breastfeeding moms with our breastfeeding-friendly spaces. Located on A3, across from the FUNN Clinic, we offer a cozy room open 24/7 to patients and visitors. Breastfeeding-friendly spaces can also be found at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in the Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging departments.

More Information

The Region of Durham offers a range of programs and services for breastfeeding moms. You can also find breastfeeding resources in Durham Region, including drop-in groups and private lactation consults. Further support for breastfeeding is also available at several locations across Toronto.

Free breastfeeding groups for parents under 26 years of age

Breastfeeding Circle

Phone: 905-432-3622
Rose of Durham
200 Bind St. West, Oshawa
Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.