If you decide to breastfeed
Hôpital Montfort recognizes breastfeeding as the best nutritional choice for your newborn. To promote and support breastfeeding, the Family Birthing Centre has adopted a detailed policy to foster its success. The FBC has instituted various initiatives based on the recommendations of the Best Practice Guidelines of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. In fact, Hôpital Montfort received its designation as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization for breastfeeding promotion in April 2012 from the RNAO. These initiatives also comply with Canadian hospital accreditation criteria and practices recommended by the World Health Organization’s Baby-friendly Initiative.
To prepare for breastfeeding, we suggest that you read up on the topic during your pregnancy. Various excellent reference materials are available on breastfeeding, including Breastfeeding Matters from Best Start Resource Centre.
Where to get help with breastfeeding after you leave the hospital
Ottawa Public Health offers a number of services to assist with breastfeeding, including Breastfeeding and Baby Express drop-ins as well as Ottawa Breastfeeding Buddies, a telephone support line. Telephone support is also available from a nurse at Ottawa Public Health Information. To reach Ottawa Public Health Information, please call 613-580-6744, extension 28020.
For Quebec residents, the Outaouais public health department also runs community-based breastfeeding support clinics. For more details, visit the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais website (in french only) or call 819-776-7660.
If you require breastfeeding help at night, contact your midwife or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for Ontario residents, and Infosanté at 8-1-1 for Quebec residents. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Rental or purchase of a breastpump
If you want to rent or buy a breastpump, you can contact a lactation consultant from the Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants (OVLC) or from Naissance-Renaissance Outaouais. You can also rent or purchase a breastpump at certain pharmacies.
If you decide not to breastfeed
If you decide not to breastfeed your baby, FBC nursing staff will ensure that you are able to properly prepare, administer and store your baby’s commercial formula.