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Breastfeeding Supports

Do you need help with breastfeeding? Do you have questions about your baby? Come to a FREE Drop-in!

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby supportParenting in Ottawa Drop-ins: Public Health Nurses offer support for breastfeeding and healthy growth and development from prenatal to age 6.

Breastfeeding symbol Breastfeeding Support Drop-ins: Lactation Consultants offer breastfeeding support.

Schedule may change. 

Closed on statutory holidays.*

Monday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Open only:

  • January 16, 2017
  • February 13, 2017

Blossom Park Public School

3810 Sixth Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed January 2, 2017

 

Ottawa Public Library – Cumberland Branch
1599 Tenth Line

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Open only:

  • December 19, 2016
Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre

300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Open only:

  • January 23, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
Jules Morin Fieldhouse

400 Clarence Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

Noon to 2:30 pm

Closed January 2, 2017

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
1355 Bank Street, Suite 701
613-737-5115

Specifics: 
All nursing mothers and babies welcome.
A Registered Dietician is usually available to answer family nutrition questions.

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

1:30 to 3 pm

Closed January 2, 2017

South Nepean Satellite Community Centre
4100 Strandherd Drive, Barrhaven

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)
 

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

1:30 to 3 pm

Closed January 2, 2017

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Carleton Ontario Early Years Centre
2 MacNeil Court

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

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Tuesday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 am to noon

Open only:

  • January 24, 2017
  • February 28, 2017
  • March 28, 2017

NROCRC (Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre) LaSalle Building

1218 Meadowlands Dr E, Nepean, K2E 6K1

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9 :30 – 11 a.m.

Open only : November 22, 2016.

Carrousel

431 St- Laurent Blvd.
Les services à l’enfance Grandir ensemble *Services in French*

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Parenting and Breastfeeding Support Drop-in

10:30 am to noon

Closed:

  • December 27, 2016
  • January 3, 2017
The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

2260 Walkley Road (corner of St-Laurent Blvd)

613-260-1441

Specifics:  Support by a midwife

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

 1 to 2:30 pm

Queensway Carleton Hospital Childbirth Centre
3045 Baseline Road
613-721-2000, ext. 4816

Specifics
Bring Provincial Health Card
Babies will be seen for up to 3 weeks after hospital discharge
Open on statutory holidays*

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

1 to 3 pm

Closed December 27, 2016

Andrew Fleck Ontario Early Years Centre Ottawa South
2330 Don Reid Dr

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

1 to 3 pm

Closed December 27, 2016

Ontario Early Years Centre: Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre 
1365 Richmond Road
613-820-4922, ext. 3650 
 Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

 1 to 3 pm

Closed December 27, 2016

Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper Street

613-233-4443

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

1:30 to 3 pm

Closed December 27, 2016

Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

 Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

 1:30 to 3 pm 

Closed December 27, 2016

New hours starting January 3rd 
1 to 2:30 pm

 Vanier Community Service Centre
270 Marier Avenue
613-744-2892, ext. 1432

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Wednesday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 10:30 am

Kinburn Community Centre
3045 Kinburn Side Road

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Open only: November 16, 2016.

Jean-Robert-Gauthier Catholic Elementary School

Les services à l’enfance Grandir ensemble *Services in French*

651 Chapman Mills Drive

613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

 Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

1:30 to 3 pm

Open only:

  • January 25, 2017
  • February 1, 2017 (9:30 to 11 am)
  • February 22, 2017
  • March 1 & 29, 2017
  • April 5, 2017

 

Community & Social Services Department 
Community and Social Support Centre West / Community Hub West

100 Constellation Drive, 2nd Floor

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support 10 to 11:30am

Ottawa Public Library - Stittsville Branch
1637 Stittsville Main

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support 12:30 to 2 pm Carlington Community Health Centre
900 Merivale Road
613-722-4000, ext. 319
Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

1:30 to 3 pm

Somerset West Community Health Centre
55 Eccles Street
613-238-8210

Specifics: For families living within the areas of Island Park Drive, Carling Avenue, 
Bay Street, Lyon Street and the Ottawa River

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Thursday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11am

Live and Learn Resource Centre

8243 Victoria Street -RR3

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 a.m.

Open only:

  • January 26, 2017
  • February 2 & 23, 2017
  • March 2 & 30, 2017
  • April 6, 2017

Community & Social Services Department 
Community and Social Support Centre West / Community Hub West

100 Constellation Drive, 2nd Floor

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed December 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017

 

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre
225 Donald Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

10 to 11:30 am

Ottawa Public Library: Beaverbrook Branch
2500 Campeau Drive

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

Noon to 2:30 pm

 

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
1355 Bank Street, Suite 701
613-737-5115

Specifics:
All nursing mothers and babies welcome. 
A Registered Dietician is usually available to answer family nutrition questions.

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

1:30 to 3 pm

Closed December 29, 2016

Ontario Early Years Centre: Orleans Cumberland Community Resource Centre
105-240 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-830-4357

 Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

1:30 to 3 pm

Open only:

  • December 15, 2016
  • January 5 & 19, 2017
  • February 2 & 16, 2017

 

City View Centre for Family and Child Services
1099 Longfields Drive
613-823-8244

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

 1:30 to 3 pm

Closed December 29, 2016

Vanier Community Service Centre

270 Marier Avenue

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

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Friday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed Friday December 30, 2016.

Rideauview Community Centre
4310 Shoreline Drive, Riverside South

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

 

 

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

9:30 to 11 am
 

Closed November 11, 2016.

Ontario Early Years Centre
Pinecrest- Queensway Health and Community Services 

1365 Richmond Road

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-820-4922, ext. 3650 

 

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed:

  • December 23 & 31, 2016

Richmond Arena
6095 Perth Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support 1:30 to 3 pm

Ontario Early Years Centre: Canadian Mothercraft of Ottawa
475 Evered Avenue
613-728-1839, ext. 0

 

 

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Saturday

Type Time Location and Details

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

10 am to 12:30 pm

 

Ontario Early Years Centre: Canadian Mothercraft of Ottawa 
475 Evered Avenue

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-728-1839, ext. 0

Specifics: For babies 0-1 years old

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Sunday

Type Time Location and Details

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

10 am to 12:30 pm

St-Laurent Complex
525 Côté Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-742-6767

Specifics: For babies 0-1 years old
 

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Friday

Type Time Location and Details
Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed November 11, 2016.

Rideauview Community Centre
4310 Shoreline Drive, Riverside South

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

9:30 to 11 am
 

Closed November 11, 2016.

Ontario Early Years Centre
Pinecrest- Queensway Health and Community Services 

1365 Richmond Road

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-820-4922, ext. 3650 

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

9:30 to 11 am

Closed:

  • November 11, 2016.
  • December 23 & 31, 2016

Richmond Arena
6095 Perth Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support 1:30 to 3 pm

Ontario Early Years Centre: Canadian Mothercraft of Ottawa
475 Evered Avenue
613-728-1839, ext. 0

 

 

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Saturday

Type Time Location and Details

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

10 am to 12:30 pm

 

Ontario Early Years Centre: Canadian Mothercraft of Ottawa 
475 Evered Avenue

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-728-1839, ext. 0

Specifics: For babies 0-1 years old

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Sunday

Type Time Location and Details

Baby symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding and Well baby support

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding support

10 am to 12:30 pm

St-Laurent Complex
525 Côté Street

For more information: 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)

or

613-742-6767

Specifics: For babies 0-1 years old
 

Breastfeeding resources in Ottawa

  • ParentinginOttawa.ca at 613-Parents (613-727-3687). Public Health Nurses are available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
  • La Leche League Canada – Ottawa Chapter, 613-238-5919: For breastfeeding information and support, 7 days a week, visit www.lllc.ca, or e-mail lllcottawa@gmail.com.
  • For private lactation consultant services, visit www.ovlc.net. There is a fee for these services.
  • Telehealth Ontario, 1-866-797-0000, access to expert advice and support for breastfeeding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Ottawabreastfeeds.ca, provides Ottawa and regional families with easy access to information about the many sources of breastfeeding support 
  • Your doctor or midwife

You can also connect with us on our BlogFacebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth) for the latest public health information.

Baby-Friendly Initiative

Breastfeeding symbol indicating location offers breastfeeding supportThe Baby-Friendly Initiative is a global campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). It was developed to help hospitals and community agencies protect, promote and support breastfeeding. 'The Baby-Friendly Initiative outlines 'best-practice' for those working with pregnant and/or parenting families. Baby-Friendly organizations support all families with important infant feeding and infant care practices. Baby-Friendly organizations benefit babies, families, society and the environment.

In Canada the  Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) is responsible for designating hospitals and community health care agencies. Ottawa Public Health supports the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Initiative and is committed to:

  • Helping parents make informed decisions about feeding their baby
  • Supporting all families regardless of their feeding method
  • Recommending breast milk as the only food for babies until they are six months old
  • Recommending breast milk be included in a child’s diet up to two years and beyond
  • Protecting women’s rights to breastfeed anytime, anywhere
  • Working with our community to protect, promote and support breastfeeding

Key messages for families

For additional information on the Initiative or the feeding or care of your baby please contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 to speak with a public health nurse.

Dental Screening Tool

Wondering if your child is at risk for tooth decay?  This simple questionnaire can help you assess the risk.  At the end, if your child is at risk and you cannot afford a dental appointment, visit the schedule of FREE dental screenings or to find out if your child is eligible for a FREE dental program. 

For more information please contact Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744.

Parenting in Ottawa

Parenting in Ottawa is a new resource for parents created by Ottawa Public Health and its community partners. It was designed to make parenting in Ottawa a little bit easier. Browse our website to find information written by local health experts.

Wondering what foods to avoid during pregnancy?  That's in our Becoming a Parent and Pregnancy section.

Getting ready to breastfeed for the first time?  You'll find useful tips in our Breastfeeding section.

Wondering when your child can start eating solid foods?  Check out the Babies and Toddlers section.

Need to know what vaccines your child requires to attend school?  That can be found in our Children section.

Need tips for talking to your youth about mental health?  We're here to help. Visit the Youth section.

We are proud to serve all parents and parents-to-be in the City of Ottawa.

Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page

Do you have questions about pregnancy and parenting children from birth to 18 years in Ottawa? Are you looking for ways to connect with and support other parents? If yes, then you've come to the right place!

The Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page is moderated by Ottawa Public Health and is updated by a Registered Nurse Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm (excluding holidays). It's our mission to share information, respond to your parenting questions and create a safe place for parents to get together to chat about raising kids in Ottawa. 

Parenting topics include:

  • family planning
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • the growth and development of your child
  • physical activity
  • healthy eating
  • child safety
  • mental health
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs 
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family


You can also call our Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744.

What are you waiting for?! Join the conversation!

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC)

A free home visiting program for pregnant women and families with children from birth until transition to school.

  • Service in the language you speak
  • We are here to answer your questions about pregnancy and parenting; call us at: 613-580-6744.

 After your baby is born, a Public Health Nurse will:

  • Call you to assess your health and the health of your newborn
  • Offer support and answer your questions about such things as parenting, feeding, safety, and growth and development

 As your child grows, we can help by:

  • Providing information about different programs in your community
  • Connecting you and your family to resources
  • Based on your needs and goals, your family may benefit from home visits from a Public Health Nurse, Social Worker and Family Visitor.

You can also speak with a Public Health Nurse at one of our Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins.

Developmental and Nutritional Screening for young children, birth to 6 years of age

There are many ways to find out if your child is growing and developing well. You can:

1. Go online:

The Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) is a short and simple checklist. It reviews your child's growth and development at a specific age.

  • To complete the checklist- eNDDS
  • For more information- NDDS

The NutriSTEP® is a short and simple checklist. It looks at your child's eating, physical activity, screen time habits and more.

Parenting in Ottawa is a local online parenting resource, where parents go to get in the know.

2. Call:

Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 and complete the screening tools with a public health nurse. 

3. Attend:

A Growing Healthy Screening Clinic (GHSC). These clinics are for children birth to 6 years of age who may not be developing as expected. A parent or legal guardian must be present

Growing Healthy Screening Clinic

Screening and Information available at all locations:

Ottawa Public Health: ImmunizationDental ScreeningNutrition Screening
CrossroadsBehavioral Screening
First WordsSpeech and language Screening (only for children up to 5 years old and children NOT enrolled in senior kindergarten)
Ottawa Children Treatment CentreDevelopmental Screening
Parent Resource CentrePromotion of literacy

Please call ahead to register as spaces are limited

Date and time

Location

Register by telephone

Tuesday

April 12, 2016

 8:30 to 11:30 am

Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Center

1365 Richmond Road

Tara Matte

613-820-4922 ext. 3599

Leave a message

Tuesday

May 3, 2016

8:30 to 11:30 am

Vanier Community Service Centre

270 Marier Av.

Stéphanie Fragman

613-744-2892 ext. 1090

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For more information please contact Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744.

Prenatal classes/programs offered in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health offers a variety of options for prenatal education to meet the needs of Ottawa residents. All classes/programs are facilitated by a Public Health Nurse. Please click on the links below to find the prenatal class/program for you.

In person prenatal classes

  • Cost: Free
  • Language: English and French
  • Location: Ottawa Public Libraries including Ruth E. Dickinson (Barrhaven), Nepean/Centrepointe, Alta Vista, Cumberland, St-Laurent and Hazeldean.
  • Duration: 1 class per week for three weeks on weekday evenings. Occasional Saturday morning classes also available

Topics covered include:

  • Session 1: Birth Basics – Confidence and Comfort 
  • Session 2: Breastfeeding Basics – Tips and Techniques 
  • Session 3: Baby Basics – Preparing for Parenthood

Registration: To register you will need a valid Ottawa Public Library card. Please visit the Ottawa Public Library website at: http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/. Click on “Programs” and then choose “Prenatal Classes” from the “Event type” drop down menu and click submit. 

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Pregnancy Circles

Prenatal classes/program for expectant parents in need of extra support. Meet with other expectant parents and a public health nurse to learn about:

  • Staying healthy during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Coping with labour and birth
  • Caring for your baby
  • Community resources

Young parents prenatal classes (up to 25 years of age)

  • Cost: Free
  • Language: English
  • Location: St-Mary’s Outreach Centre and Bethany Hope Centre
  • Duration: 1 class per week for eight weeks 
  • Registration: To register for classes please call your preferred location.
    • St. Mary’s Young Parent Outreach Centre : 613-749-2491, ext:706
    • Bethany Hope Centre : 613-725-1733

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Pregnancy Circle (Chinese)

  • Cost: Free
  • Language: Chinese
  • Location: Somerset West Community Health Centre
  • Duration: 1 class per week for six weeks on weekday evenings
  • Registration: Please contact the Somerset West Community Health Centre to register at 613-238-8210.

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Other Pregnancy Circles

  • Cost: Free
  • Language: see below 
  • Location: Programs are available at the following locations, call for more information:
    • Carlington Community Health Centre (English)
      900 Merivale Road
      613-722-4000
    • Centretown Community Health Centre (English) 
      420 Cooper Street 
      613-233-4443 
    • Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre (Bilingual)
      225 Donald Street, Unit 120
      613-745-0073
    • Vanier Community Service Centre (en français) 
      290 rue Dupuis
      613-744-2892
    • Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (English)
      299 Montreal Road
      613-748-0657, ext. 237
  • Duration: 1 class per week for six to twelve weeks on weekday afternoons or evenings*
  • Registration: To register please call your preferred location from those listed above. 

*Childcare, bus tickets and healthy snacks available at some locations

For general information please call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line to speak with a public health nurse: 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).

Other services offered by the City of Ottawa

For information about other services offered by the City of Ottawa for expectant or new parents, please contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line to speak with a public health nurse. We may be able to help guide you to classes that would best suit your needs. Tel: 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) or 311 (e.g.: Parks and Recreation programs, and child care subsidy). 

Prenatal classes offered by other agencies

Prenatal classes are a great way to learn information about you and your baby.  You can also meet other soon-to-be parents.

There are many prenatal classes to choose from.  Some classes are free and some have a cost.  Locations, times and the topics are different for each class. 

For more information, please contact the Community Information Centre of Ottawa.

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