Health tipsMay 2017

Get into the flow of breastfeeding

Some consider it an art, while others find it the most natural thing a new mother can do. Whatever your perspective on breastfeeding, you’re bound to benefit from the information that the JGH Patient & Family Resource Centre can provide, as well as recommendations from the Centre’s staff about trusted, reliable websites.

As a new mother, you may need a few tips to make your breastfeeding experience truly enjoyable and memorable. That’s what you’ll find in the PEN (Patient Education Network) database on the Centre’s website. In fact, breastfeeding has consistently been one of the most popular searches in the database, which is maintained and updated by JGH librarians.

The resources of the Patient & Family Resource Centre cover breastfeeding in books, pamphlets and various online materials.

A breastfeeding page has also been created in collaboration with the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic in the JGH’s Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre. Pamphlets are available about various types of breastfeeding difficulties, as well as a list of breastfeeding resources in Montreal.

For those times when reading is not enough, look for resources—such as breastfeeding drop-in sessions—at your local CLSC (or in your birth centre, if you were followed by a midwife). You’ll have an opportunity to meet with other mothers and get advice from a nurse. You can also ask for a “breastfeeding godmother” at your local CLSC or through Nourri-Source, which offers phone support from a trained volunteer. For more information, contact your CLSC directly or take a look at the online schedule.

If you have difficulties with breastfeeding and show little sign of improving, a doctor, nurse or midwife can refer you to the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic for help from a highly specialized inter-disciplinary team.

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful time of bonding with your baby, but if problems arise, you don’t have to deal with them alone. Be sure to contact those who are best equipped to help you.

For information about any aspect of your health, visit the JGH Patient & Family Resource Centre.

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