Getting Help and Peer Support

three babies in diapers sitting holding hands

If you have concerns or questions about breastfeeding, it is important that you get help as soon as possible.  Our community has a number of different resources and support services that are available to meet your needs. 

A Public Health Nurse can answer your questions and give you more information about breastfeeding supports.  A current list of available breastfeeding support services is also provided below.

Research shows that mothers also benefit from the support of other mothers who are breastfeeding.  You may have friends or relatives who are breastfeeding their babies or have recently breastfed.  It may be helpful to go to a meeting or watch a family member or friend breastfeed while you are pregnant.  You can also meet other mothers through:

Adapted with permission from the Best Start Resource Centre.

BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Southwestern Public Health (St. Thomas Site)

In-person and phone support from a Public Health Nurse

1230 Talbot St., St. Thomas

519-631-9900 ext. 1400

Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)

Calls: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Walk-in: 8:30 am – 12 and 1 – 4 pm

 

Southwestern Public Health

Baby & Me Well Baby Clinics (St. Thomas & Elgin County)

Ask a Nurse (Woodstock & Oxford County)

For times and locations call:

519-631-9900 ext. 1400

 

Telehealth Ontario

24/7 Breastfeeding Telephone Support in over 100 different languages

1-866-797-0000

1-866-797-0007 (TTY)

 

 

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Speak with a nurse from the Postpartum Unit

 

519-631-2030 ext. 2209

 

 

La Leche League Peer Support

Support from local peer leaders and other breastfeeding families

Claire: mccarthymclaire@gmail.com

Diana: dianaverb8@gmail.com

Marijean: emjaye.a@gmail.com

For group times and locations, visit:

http://www.lllc.ca/lllc-st-thomas-elgin

 

La Leche League - Facebook Group

Support from local peer leaders and other breastfeeding families online

To join the group, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaLecheLeagueSaintThomasElgin/

 

West Elgin Community Health Centre

Free support for all residents of West Elgin, Dutton and Dunwich Municipalities

153 Main St., West Lorne

519-768-1715

 

 

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

IBCLCs are professionals who specialize in clinical breastfeeding management

IBCLCs work at hospitals, health units, in the community and private practice.  To find an IBCLC in your area, visit:

www.ilca.org

 

Eat Right Ontario

Call or email a dietitian (Free)

1-877-510-5102

www.eatrightontario.ca

 

Motherisk

Information about drugs or medications while breastfeeding

 

1-877-439-2744

www.motherisk.org

 

 

 

References:

Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Breastfeeding matters: An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families. Retrieved from http://www.beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/breastfeeding_matters_EN_LR.pdf