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March 25, 2011 with 2 Comments

Several moms struggle in the first few months with the challenges of breastfeeding. Whether it is your first time or not, there can be a variety of issues that can cause complications.

Throughout many conversations with mom’s, I have discussed and heard so many heartbreaking stories of how they had wanted to successfully breastfeed and were unable to find the resources or answers they were seeking. This is a choice that is important for the child and is worth while researching if you are having latching or pain issues.

I have put together a list of resources that have been shared with me in hopes to further help other moms looking for answers. Most of these sites have phone numbers and will answer any questions you may have. I would also encourage you to connect with other moms that are also breastfeeding. Knowing that you are not alone and having support is the greatest help!

Online Resources: Need help now? Want to find quick answers?

Regional Resources: Ready to chat with a Nurse or Lactation Consultant? 

The Vancouver Breastfeeding Center – This Centre is run through UBC and offers a great amount of information and resources. They also sell and rent breast pumps and can answer your questions relating to these products. 604) 738-1912

BC Womans Hospital - Offering support, classes and consultation. They also offer resources to the BC Womans Milk Bank. 604-875-3135

La Leche League - “LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.”

Quintessence Foundation - “focuses on breastfeeding education to health professionals and the public through a variety of venues”

  • Sandra Yates, IBC Lactation Consultant, email, 604.988.1284
  • Linda Good, IBC Lactation Consultant, email, 604.255.4943
  • Renee Hefti-Graham, IBC Lactation Consultant, 604.733.6359
  • Burnaby Region-Fraser Health Authority   604-918-7605 Drop-in breastfeeding services at two locations:
  • McGill Library, Program Room: Wed, 1-3 pm  - 4595 Albert St, Burnaby
  • Eastburn Community Centre: Thurs, 1-3 pm - 7435 Edmonds, Burnaby
  • Douglas College: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm (No Longer Active)

INFACT Canada - “INFACT Canada is a national non-governmental organization that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices.”

Public Nurses Office: These offices book appointments for one on one care and emergency check-ups in your home if required. These women are fantastic and will be sure to get you the assistance you need.

Fraser Health Authority – Public Health Nursing Services

Health information, breastfeeding information, counseling & support for new parents, by phone, home visits and clinic appointments.  Licensed day care and preschool lists available from the Simon Fraser area offices.Duty Nurse (Monday – Friday)
NewPort Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Port Coquitlam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Child Health Clinic
Immunization, discussion of questions about feeding, growth and development and general parental concerns. Clinics are held in the Health Unit offices.  Please phone for an appointment.
Breastfeeding Services
Contact your local Health Unit office or public health nurse for information.

Weigh your Baby at the Health Unit (Monday – Friday)
NewPort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Port Coquitlam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:30 a.m. – Noon & 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Fraser Health Authority Community Services for Parents
NewPort Prevention
#200-205 NewPort Drive, Port Moody
Telephone:  604-949-7200

Port Coquitlam Prevention
2266 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam
Telephone:  604-777-8700

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  1. BrandyOctober 22, 2011 at 9:16 amReply

    Great article – I just wanted to let you know that they don’t have the drop-in at Douglas College any longer. They have one-on-one support at the public health nurse’s office. The ladies at Newport are amazing!!

  2. SunshienJanuary 23, 2012 at 11:13 pmReply

    It took us 10 weeks are hard hard work to be able to breastfeed, and I tell EVERYONE I know who is pregnant, if you have ANY problems, let me know right away so that I can point them in the right direction and save them time and provide emotional support. I believe there is a statistic that 7 out of 10 women have challenges with BF and yet when I was pregnant I found everyone wanted to tell me about their labour, but no one told me about BF. So I also encourage pregnant women to ask about other ppl’s BF stories.

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