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

We encourage moms to learn about breastfeeding before your baby arrives with our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. This free class is offered twice a week at our Oshawa site, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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.

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, at http://www.durhambreastfeeding.ca.