Pre-natal breastfeeding classes are offered to expectant mothers, fathers, and other support people.
The classes are held every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Global Community Resource Centre at the General site. They are free and registration is not required.
Hosted by lactation consultants, expectant mothers will learn about:
- Skin-to-skin contact with the baby;
- Getting ready for the first feed and how often to feed;
- Latching the baby on the breast;
- Positioning during breastfeeding;
- Hand expression and supplementation; and,
- Diet and foods to avoid during breastfeeding.
For more information on the pre-natal breastfeeding classes or the hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinics, call 416-438-2911, extension 8241 at the General site, or 416-495-2843 at the Birchmount site.
As well, families can download the hospital’s Best Feeding app. Created through a partnership with Centennial College, Best Feeding offers several interactive features, including timers for women to log their baby’s feedings on each breast, as well as a log that tracks the duration and amount of breast milk each time a mother pumps her breasts. Parents can also log the number of wet and dirty diapers their baby has each day. In addition, a ‘search’ feature provides the name and location of breastfeeding clinics in Toronto.
Best Feeding is available to download for free to Android devices in the Google Play Store, and will be available for Apple devices in the near future.