Need breastfeeding help, reassurance, or someone who has been there to lend an ear? WE Breastfeed volunteers are here for you.
What we do:
The WE Breastfeed program pairs trained and experienced volunteers with parents who are feeding breastmilk, and parents who are pregnant and want to learn about breastfeeding.
- Volunteers are respectful of whatever feeding choices parents make, knowing that any amount of breastmilk is beneficial and that longer breastfeeding, up to two years and beyond, is normal.
- WE Breastfeed supports parents feeding human milk in any way, in any amount.
What we offer:
You can be matched with a WE Breastfeed volunteer for one-on-one breastfeeding conversations and/or support. Call our program co-ordinator Nicole Barrette at 519-821-6638, Ext. 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Volunteers are also on-hand at free, weekly drop-in breastfeeding cafés to provide social space and answer your questions. Cafés are a great place to meet other breastfeeding families, have a free hot cup of fair trade coffee or tea, and enjoy some playtime with your children.
- Every Wednesday 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Guelph Community Health Centre, in the Children’s Room, 176 Wyndham St. N.
- Every Monday 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the East Side Branch of the Guelph Public Library, 1 Starwood Dr., at Watson Parkway North. Directions: http://www.guelphpl.ca/locations/eastside.cfm Bus routes: 14, 3A/B
Anyone interested in feeding breastmilk and older siblings are welcome at cafés, however please note the following; the downtown café has an age limit; children may attend until December 31st on the year they turned six. No age limit at East Side.
Who we serve:
WE Breastfeed is a free program open to all new and expecting parents in Guelph, and anyone interested in breastfeeding, regardless of gender, age, race, national origin, religion, marital status, sexuality, ability, social status, or current life situation.
From April 2013 to March 2014:
- 54 mother-baby pairs matched with a volunteer
- 119 different mother-baby pairs attended the downtown Breastfeeding Café
- Support available in English, American Sign Language, Français, हिन्दी, پښتو, / پنجابی पंजाबी, සිංහල, Español, اُردُو, Yorùbá.
Who we are:
WE Breastfeed has 45 trained, experienced, non-judgmental volunteers, as of December 2016, who:
- Nursed their own children for at least six months
- Completed the 18-hour World Health Organization/UNICEF breastfeeding course for peer support
- Address commonly experienced breastfeeding challenges
- Provide parents with reassurance, resources, and encouragement at any point on their breastmilk journey
- Are available by phone anytime you need them, once you have connected and received a match. Matches may choose to meet face to face in a place like a Breastfeeding Café or the Ontario Early Years Centre.