Breastfeeding is natural but it isn’t always easy. To a mother who’s struggling with nursing, support (or lack thereof) can quickly make or break her breastfeeding relationship. And even if nursing is going pretty well, it’s nice to meet other breastfeeding mothers. In Winnipeg, we are really lucky that there are a number of resources, services, and groups! Read on for these and other options for individual and group breastfeeding support, including private 1:1 breastfeeding support.
Winnipeg Breastfeeding Hotline
The WRHA also runs a 24/7 breastfeeding hotline available through Health Links. Call 204-788-8667.
Private 1:1 Breastfeeding Support
Bean Family Wellness: Ilissa Mistry, B.H.Ecol. (FSS), CBS™, is the owner of Bean Family Wellness, a Perinatal Family Educator, and a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. She offers breastfeeding support before and after birth for families in Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba, and Canada-wide. Services are available fee for service. Ilissa also teaches Prenatal Breastfeeding 101 Classes on a regular basis.
Lynette Beard Breastfeeding Support Service: Lynette is a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who helps women in Winnipeg and southeast Manitoba through in-home visits and breastfeeding classes. Services are available fee for service. Find out more about her services on her Facebook page: @lynettebeardbreastfeeding
Foundations Birth Services is Collective that offers services during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and offers Private In-home Lactation Consultation as well as Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Classes. Services are available fee for service.
Winnipeg Breastfeeding Centre: “We are Family Physicians specialized in treating all breastfeeding issues. We provide evidence based care for breastfeeding issues. We will see patients through their journey to success with them and their family’s breastfeeding goals. We can also see patients prenatally who anticipate challenges with breastfeeding or want to learn more about breastfeeding.
Southeast Breastfeeding Support Group
Lynette also runs a Southeast Breastfeeding Support Group in Landmark, Manitoba. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/765921620174058/
Winnipeg La Leche League
“LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.”
There are multiple groups in Winnipeg. Meetings are open to all interested people (expectant parents, grand-parents, friends, etc.) Babies and younger children are always welcome. Check out the groups to find one near you.
- Winnipeg Red River – typically meets every 4th Monday of the month
- Winnipeg South – typically meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month
- Winnipeg West Mornings – typically meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
- Winnipeg West Evenings – typically meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
Drop-in Breastfeeding Support Groups
These are free, casual drop-in groups for mothers who are expecting or nursing. (And in my experience, even women who started coming for support but for whatever reason are no longer nursing are welcomed, too.) I, myself have been to groups at two different locations and both were staffed by kind, helpful women who genuinely seem to love what they do. Led by a facilitator, the group usually goes around the circle introducing themselves and their babies or toddlers, and sharing any challenges or experiences, and then others share ideas or their own experiences in response. A nice way to meet other mothers who share the breastfeeding experience, talk to professionals who can answer questions you may have, and weigh your baby.
Nourri-Source: a French-language support system for breastfeeding mothers, offered by Pluri-elles in Winnipeg. To get connected to Nourri-Source, call 204-233-1735 or visit pluri-elles.mb.ca., or find Pluri-elles on Facebook