Lakeridge Health promotes breastfeeding as the best way to provide your newborn baby with the nutrition they need. It's inexpensive, natural and healthy.
Our babies stay in their mother's room at all times, unless they are unable to for medical reasons. This gives mothers the chance to breastfeed whenever their baby is hungry.
Breastfeeding requires time and patience. Our nurses are trained to offer you guidance and support while you're still in the hospital. For women with complex breastfeeding concerns, our team of lactation consultants are here to help.
Lakeridge Health promotes breastfeeding-friendly spaces and we want our families to be comfortable in all our hospitals.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
We encourage moms to learn about breastfeeding before your baby arrives with our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. This class is offered once a week at our Oshawa site, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a $20 charge with a birthing class and $30 without. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with their partner or support person. Class size is limited to eight couples. You can register for the Prenatal Breastfeeding Class when you register for birthing classes or by calling 905-576-8711 ext. 34116 or 33495.
The Region of Durham offers a range of programs and services for breastfeeding moms. You can also find breastfeeding resources in Durham Region, including drop-in groups and private lactation consults. Further support for breastfeeding is also available at several locations across Toronto.
Free breastfeeding groups for parents under 26 years of age
Rose of Durham
200 Bind St. West, Oshawa
Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
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Pain Management Options
During Labour and Childbirth
There are several methods for pain control that are effective and safe to use to make your labour and birth experience as comfortable as possible. Your health-care team will be speaking to you about these options before and during your labour and birth experience.
Pain management options include:
Inhaled (Entonox or “laughing gas”)
Intravenous (IV) or into a muscle injection
Local anaesthetic nerve blocks
Medications through spinal (medication injected around the nerves to numb the feeling of pain below a certain level of the body)
Therapeutic touch, breathing, and positioning techniques, and other methods without medication
Your health-care team will do everything to keep you safe and comfortable. They will discuss the options that are available.
Talk to your care provider if you have any questions!