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 Center 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.)
August 10Introduction of complementary food (in English)
August 24Le sommeil des tout-petits (in French)
September 14Introduction des aliments complémentaires(in French)
September 28Retour au travail/entrée en garderie et maintien de l’allaitement(in French)
October 12Introduction of complementary food (in English)
October 26Stimulation du langage(in French)
November 9Introduction des aliments complémentaires(in French)
November 23Le sommeil des tout-petits(in French)
December 14Introduction of complementary food (in English)
December 28No subject

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 (2 p.m.)
August 3Introduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
August 17No subject
September 7Introduction of complementary food (In English)
September 21Language stimulation (in English)
October 5Introduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
October 19Le sommeil des tout-petits (in French)
November 2Introduction of complementary food (in English)
November 16Retour au travail/entrée en garderie et maintien de l’allaitement (in French)
December 7Introduction des aliments complémentaires (in French)
December 21No subject

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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