Breastfeeding Policy

Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with many health benefits for both the baby and the mother.  

We have adopted a policy to encourage, protect and support breastfeeding.

You will therefore receive breastfeeding support from our various caregivers.  

Did you know?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding for up to 2 years and beyond.

Pacifiers (soothers) are not recommended until your milk supply is well established and your baby has learned to latch and suck correctly.

Be Ready to Breastfeed!

To prepare for possible breastfeeding challenges, watch this bilingual educational video created by our CIUSSS!

It includes testimonials from mothers and expert opinions on apprehensions and challenges encountered when breastfeeding!

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Baby-Friendly Designation

The Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, the 4 CLSCs (Lac-Saint-Louis, Pierrefonds, Dorval-Lachine and LaSalle) and the St. Mary’s Hospital Centre all have their Baby-Friendly designation. The Lakeshore General Hospital and Hôpital de LaSalle are working towards theirs. 

What is the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)? 

  • The Baby-Friendly Initiative is a program that reflects the continuum of care and services across our healthcare system. Publicly-funded healthcare facilities such as hospitals, birthing centres and community health centres that offer pre and postnatal services are eligible for BFI assessment and designation in Canada.
  • To be BFI designated, facilities must adhere to and fulfill the requirements of the 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeedingas outlined by WHO/UNICEF and adapted by the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada.   This process is evaluated by a team of BFI assessors.
    Source: Breastfeeding Committee for Canada - Baby-Friendly Initiative 
    Reference: WHO/UNICEF (2018). Implementation Guidance. Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: The revised Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Geneva: WHO.

Breastfeeding drop-ins

At the drop-ins:

  • A nurse will be available to answer your questions
  • A scale is available to weigh your baby 
  • You will have the opportunity to chat with other parents

Click here to see the schedule!

CLSC de Pierrefonds

Schedule without an appointment
The 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Workshop (10 a.m.)
December 28No subject
January 11Open discussion
January 25Développement du langage (in French)
February 8 Introduction of complementary food (in English)
February 22Open discussion
March 14Introduction des aliments complémentaires(in French)
March 28 RCR maman et bébé (in French)
April 11Introduction of complementary food (in English)
April 25L'attachement à l'enfant  de 0-1an  (in French)
May 9Introduction des aliments complémentaires(in French)
May 23How do I take care of myself? It's all about my baby! (Bilingual presentation)
June 13Introduction of complementary food (in English)
June 27Open discussion

For a follow-up appointment contact: 514-626-2572, ext. 4531

CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis

Schedule without an appointment
Every Thursday1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Workshop (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
December 21No subject
January 4Introduction of complementary foods (Exceptionally, the nurse will be present until 2:30 p.m. only.)
January 11 Open discussion
January 18Le sommeil des tout-petits (in French)
January 25Drop-in is cancelled
February 1stIntroduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
February 8 Open discussion
February 15RCR maman et bébé (in French)
February 22Open discussion
February 29Développement du langage (in French)
March 7Introduction of complementary foods
March 21L'attachement à l'enfant  de 0-1an  (in French)
March 28Open discussion
April 4Introduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
April 11Open discussion
April 18Développement du langage (in French)
April 25Open discussion
May 2Introduction of complementary foods
May 9How do I take care of myself? It's all about my baby! (Bilingual presentation at 2 p.m.)
May 16Open discussion
May 23Open discussion
May 30Open discussion
June 6Introduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
June 13Open discussion
June 20Open discussion
June 27Open discussion

For a follow-up appointment contact: 514-697-4110, ext. 1346

CLSC de Dorval-Lachine

Schedule without an appointment
Every Thursday8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CLSC de LaSalle

Schedule without an appointment
Every Thursday8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Infection Prevention and Control

  • Do not attend if you or your child has any flu-like symptoms.
  • Please disinfect your chair or mat with the disinfectant wipes available.

All babies are welcome !

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