Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Where to get breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Newborn baby breastfeeding wearing a yellow hat

Just had a baby and not sure where you can go for breastfeeding support? 

So many services have changed due to COVID-19.  Some clinics have closed and others are only offering virtual services.

Toronto Public Health is offering telephone and virtual breastfeeding support by video call if needed. If you would like a Public Health Nurse to contact you to help with breastfeeding, complete the online form.  A public health nurse will contact you and arrange a video call to support you with breastfeeding.

Some hospital and community breastfeeding clinics are still open and offering services. Please call the clinic first to make an appointment as most clinics are no longer offering drop-in services.

You can also follow up with your health care provider.

Breastfeeding tips to help you get off to a good start:

  • Try to breastfeed as soon after birth as possible.
  • Hold your baby skin to skin.
  • Breastfeed at least 8 times in 24 hours.
  • Breastfeed when baby shows early feeding cues such as sucking sounds, hand to mouth movements or rapid eye movements under the eyelids.
  • Watch for signs that your baby is swallowing milk effectively.

Remember, breastfeeding is a learned skill.  It takes patience and practice.  Get help right away if your baby is not showing signs of breastfeeding well.

If you have questions about taking care of baby, speak to a Public Health Nurse on eChat or call (416) 338-7600.

For more information: Toronto Public Health: Breastfeeding

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