Need infant feeding help, reassurance, or someone who has been there to lend an ear? The peer-volunteers are here for you!
- Family-friendly social space provided for those interested in human milk and infant feeding.
- Snacks, and child engaging volunteers provided.
- Group conversation and one-to-one breast milk feeding & chestfeeding support available.
- No registration required, drop-in anytime. *If feeding support is needed, please attempt to arrive by 1:45 pm.
- *Attending cafes while still pregnant is highly recommended! Support people welcome.*
Locations to connect with the peer-volunteers:
Wednesdays at the Breastfeeding & Chestfeeding Café
100 Norfolk Street
Guelph Public Library, 2nd Floor
1 – 2:30 pm
We Breastfeed Outreach:
20 Shelldale Cres
Shelldale Family Gate way, Gymnasium in the Baby Days Program
9:30 – 11:30 am
3rd Thursday of each month:
131 Ontario Street,
Tytler Public School, Community Room in the PB & J program
9:30 – 11:30 am
Or contact us to get paired with a peer-volunteer for telephone support at 519-821-6638, Ext. 301
We Breastfeed & Chestfeed is a free program open to all new and expecting parents in Guelph, peer support is available in many languages other than English.
Referral Criteria – Self referrals accepted
Our peer-volunteers will listen, provide encouragement & practical tips, respond to questions and concerns within the scope of their ability, share experiences, connect to community resources and refer to appropriate services. This support can be offered by telephone or in person.
Please always refer the following parents to be paired with a Peer Support Volunteer:
- Pregnant parents, esp. nullips or primips who have not previously breastfed
- Parents who are unsure whether they want to use their own milk to feed their baby
- Immigrant parents
- Young or single parents
- Parents who lack confidence or verbalize lack of knowledge about infant feeding
- Parents who have a history of, or current challenges with feeding human milk
- Parents or babies that have health issues that may cause difficulty with feeding human milk
- Any parent that lacks social, emotional, or practical support to feed their child human milk
A peer volunteer’s scope of ability includes discussing the following;
- Benefits of breastfeeding and human milk; health benefits / cost / etc.
- Breast anatomy and the physiology of lactation / preparing to breastfeed
- Techniques such as positioning and latch, evaluating intake, patterns, and norms
- Dispelling myths and supporting the establishment of practices that support feeding human milk
- Prevention and management of simple breastfeeding problems, knowing when and where to refer
- Expression, storage and transportation of human milk
- Returning to work or school while nursing
- Nursing toddlers
- Information and resources that will help parents make informed choices