Prenatal Resources and Classes

Thinking of having a baby and wondering about breastfeeding?

Perhaps you’re already pregnant and thinking about how you and your baby will learn to breastfeed?

Do you want to include breastfeeding in your birth plan?

Looking for the support of other breastfeeding families?

We hope that the information you’ll find here will help you to prepare for a rewarding breastfeeding experience.

Breastfeeding may be the natural way to feed our babies, but it is also a learned skill for both mother and baby. Gathering information and establishing support systems before your baby arrives is an important part of setting yourself up for breastfeeding success.

Ottawa offers many different options for prenatal breastfeeding education.

Breastfeeding Specific Classes

In Community Health Centres, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC),  made possible by funds provided by the Government of Ontario.

Others

Prenatal Consults with an IBCLC:

All of the Ottawa area IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) offer prenatal breastfeeding consultations. This is an excellent option if you prefer to have a consultation in the privacy of your own home, if you have struggled with breastfeeding issues in the past, or if your medical history puts you at increased risk of breastfeeding challenges (for example, previous breast surgery, premature baby, multiples etc).

Peer Support

Peer support is an excellent way to learn more about breastfeed
ing and establish a support network before your baby arrives.

La Leche League Canada (LLLC) has numerous meetings throughout Ottawa, and pregnant women are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. Call the warmline at 613-238-5919 for details.

Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Program for young mothers or mothers with various needs to connect with each other, learn to cook, eat, take some food home, and learn about your baby. Contact: 613-749-4584 

Prenatal Classes

Most prenatal classes include a section on breastfeeding.

City of Ottawa Free online and in person classes available

Ottawa Childbirth Education Association

Canadian Mothercraft

Healthy Beginnings

Lamaze Ottawa Young4Ever birth and Yoga

Prenatal Breastfeeding Information Sessions organized by Carlington Community Health Center

Multiple Birth Families Association

To find a class within Ontario: https://ontariodirectoryprenataleducation.ca