Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team
Pregnancy - Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the most normal and best way to feed your newborn. Even before your milk comes in, your baby will breast feed and drink tiny drops of colostrum. Colostrum is a golden-coloured liquid which contains immune factors to protect your baby while his or her immune system is still immature. When your milk comes in around three to five days after birth, it will continue to contain these immune factors as well. Breast milk contains the right nutrients for your child as he or she grows, it's always available, at the right temperature and it's free! Health Canada, The Canadian Paediatric Society and the World Health Organization all recommend exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age and breastfeeding plus adding some foods from six months to two years and beyond. Always remember that your primary caregiver is there to support you during challenges that may arise, and is committed to both your and your infants' health.
You may have questions or hesitations about your plans to feed your baby. Please raise these at prenatal appointments with your provider or in your prenatal classes. When your baby arrives, know that there is lots of support for breastfeeding moms in the links and lists below. Like any relationship, the breastfeeding relationship takes time to develop, requires support at times, and lastly, is rewarding for both mother and baby.
We have many breastfeeding supports at St. Michael’s. Every one of our obstetrical providers has training to support you on your journey to feeding your newborn. Two of our obstetrical providers provide OHIP-covered tongue tie releases if needed. Our nurses have special training for assessing and managing breastfeeding. In addition, we have our own drop-in breastfeeding clinic run by lactation consultants at 61 Queen St. Health centre. Please call 416 867-7421 for more information.
- La Leche League Breastfeeding Hotline: 416-483-3368
- Public Health Nurse: 416-338-7600 *Will come to your home to assist
- St. Michael’s Hospital: 416-867-7421: 61 Queen St. East, 4th Floor
- Sunnybrook Hospital: 416-323-6526 (Clinic Appointment press #1, 24 Hour Helpline press #2)
- Toronto East General Hospital: 416-469-6667: 825 Coxwell Ave.
Breast pump rental
- Shoppers Home Health Care: 416-236-1201
- St. Michael’s Hospital: 416-864-5252
- Sunnybrook Hospital: 416-323-6526