Expectant mothers, fathers, and other support people are invited to The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) monthly pre-natal breastfeeding classes.
The classes will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in TSH’s Global Community Resource Centre at the General campus. They are free and registration is not required.
Hosted by TSH 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.
“These classes add to the Breastfeeding Clinics already in place at both our General and Birchmount campuses,” said Barb Scott, Patient Care Director of the MNCC program at TSH.
Toronto Public Health Registered Nurses work together with TSH Lactation Consultants in the Breastfeeding Clinics. The Clinics are also available to both expectant and new mothers, and no appointments or referrals are necessary.
In addition, Lactation Consultants are available to inpatients of the Family Maternity Centres, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and the Paediatric units at both campuses.
For more information on the new breastfeeding classes or the hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinics, visit the TSH website, or call 416-438-2911, extension 3222.