Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is a skill that both you and your baby learn. A good start helps to make breastfeeding a positive experience for both mom and baby.

Free Breastfeeding Support Services are provided by Public Health Nurses, skilled in breastfeeding management and infant feeding. 

The Saskatchewan Health Authority supports the Baby Friendly Initiative, an International Program developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.

Our goal is to respect and educate each family to make an informed decision about how they want to feed their infant and that they feel confident with their choice.

We follow the recommendations set by the World Health Organization, Health Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society which include:

• babies have breastmilk only for about 6 months
• babies are also offered nutritious solid food from 6 months on
• babies should continue to breastfeed for 2 years and beyond

Public Health Nurses will work with families to:

  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
  • Promote and encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
  • Supporting families feeding choices
  • Solve or prevent breastfeeding challenges, such as:
    • sore/cracked nipple
    • "not enough milk”
    • engorgement
    • plugged ducts
    • mastitis
    • thrush
    • weight gain concerns
    • position and latch difficulties
    • increasing milk supply
    • managing growth spurts
    • expressing and storing breast milk
    • flat or inverted nipples

 

Breastfeeding Support Numbers

Maternity Visiting Program

Provides Breastfeeding Support for the first 14 days post delivery, click here for more information about theMaternity Visiting Program.

Closed on Stat holidays

306-766-3700

Public Health Nursing - Regina and surrounding communities

(Cupar, Southey, Holdfast, Imperial, Bethune, Lumsden, Regina Beach, White City, Kronau, Milestone, Balgonie, Pilot Butte, Grand Coulee, Pense, Sedley, Odessa.)

Provides Breastfeeding Support from Day 15 and beyond

Closed on Sundays and Stat holidays

 

306-766-7500

Public Health Nursing - Rural  

Provides Breastfeeding Support from hospital discharge and beyond

Closed on weekends and Stat holidays

Fort Qu'Appelle 306-332-3340

Grenfell 306-697-4041

Indian Head 306-697-4041

Moosomin 306-435-6279

Resources to help with Infant Feeding

Mom and Kids Health Saskatchewan-Support for moms, newborns and caregivers before, during and after birth. Health and wellness programs for kids and moms across Saskatchewan, information on Saskatchewan's new children's hospital, and where mom's and infants can access specific services in Saskatchewan.

Informed Decision Making-Having meaningful conversations around infant feeding.

Caring for Yourself and Newborn in the first month-Discusses Maternal, and infant care postnatally, breastfeeding information and guidance, infant formula feeding

Breastfeeding Matters -Guide in English and 17 other languages for new and future parents: information to support informed decision-making regarding breastfeeding, important things to know about breastfeeding, FAQs and where to get help.

Breastfeeding for the health and future of our Nation -Book in English for future and new Indigenous parents: why breastfeeding matters, how to get started and where to get support.

Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan Information Sheets - Fact Sheets for mothers and families to educate about various topics on breastfeeding.

Laleche League - Help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Saskatchewan Lactation Consultant Association- Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant-An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding, who may work in a hospital, clinic or private practice setting.

Milk Banking- Information on milk banking and the milk depot for registered donors at the Regina General Hospital

Infant Formula - What you need to know-In English and 17 other languages for service providers to discuss infant formula with new parents so they make informed decisions about infant feeding, and know how to handle infant formula safely. 

Government of Saskatchewan Infant Formula Feeding- Available in English and French on how to choose a formula, how to prepare and mix it, how to store and warm it, and how much formula your baby needs.

Early Years Family Centre -A one-stop point of access for programs and supports meeting the needs of families with children newborn to age six; To provide safe, stimulating learning environments with opportunities for families to partner with the community to meet the needs of children newborn to age six.

Baby-Friendly Spaces- Businesses and organizations in Regina that encourage families to feed their children anytime, anywhere. If families ask for a quiet space, one is provided if possible. Have staff and volunteers who are aware of how to make their business or organization a Baby-Friendly Space. Let the public know that the business or organization is a Baby-Friendly Space

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