At Mackenzie Health, we believe that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed and nurture a baby. We endorse the World Health Organization and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding with the introduction of age appropriate solids, until two years and beyond.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers
You are invited to join other expectant mothers for a prenatal breastfeeding class specially designed for you! This class will provide you with: Tips and techniques for effective breastfeeding and an opportunity to ask questions and network with other mothers. Click here for more details and contact information.
Why is breastfeeding so important?
Breast milk is the optimal food for infants. Breastfeeding is a rewarding experience helps you and your baby get closer physically and emotionally. Breastfeeding results in healthier children. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ear infections and gastrointestinal infections. It decreases your child’s risk of obesity, type II Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease in adulthood and promotes normal oral and teeth development. Breastfeeding is healthier for Mothers. It helps your uterus shrink back to pre-pregnancy size, helps burn calories every day. Breastfeeding reduces a women’s risk of breast, and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding is also free, protects the environment and is always available.
What Supports are available at Mackenzie Health?
A new mother needs knowledge and practical assistance to help her have a positive breastfeeding experience. We strive to provide a high standard of care so that new mothers get the support they need to breastfeed successfully. Nurses will perform a comprehensive breastfeeding assessment of mother/baby/family to facilitate the development of a breastfeeding plan. Our trained nurses will provide breastfeeding support during your stay, connect you with the Hospital Lactation Consultant when needed and refer you to follow up support after your discharge through the Mackenzie Health Breastfeeding Clinic or York Region Public Health Breastfeeding Clinics.
Inpatient Lactation Consultants
All our professional staff in the Family Birthing Centre and Maternity are trained to provide support for our breastfeeding moms and babies. Because we understand that sometimes there may be additional needs, an IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is available to visit individually with new mothers in the Family Birthing Centre, Postpartum Unit, pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive care Unit. Lactation consultants offer breastfeeding assistance and answer questions about breastfeeding before the mother and the baby discharge home.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic
Occasionally, breastfeeding can be challenging. Mackenzie Health has an outpatient breastfeeding clinic in partnership with York Region open 5 days a week. Please call 905-883-2060 to book an appointment.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Support
We recommend that you visit the following sites to connect with a certified Lactation Consultant.
www.ilca.org (Click on 'Find a Lactation Consultant')
Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding
Guidelines for Nursing Mothers (Available in different languages:)
Breastfeeding (Best Start)
An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families
10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby
Online Breastfeeding Course