Supporting the establishment and continuation of breastfeeding is a priority for Midwives of Muskoka. The life-long advantages of breastfeeding for the infant, mother and family are well documented. Midwives are well trained to manage common breastfeeding problems and to identify the rare situations where referral to other health care providers is required. In all cases, management of breastfeeding problems reflects client choice.
All women are encouraged by their midwives to breastfeed. Starting in pregnancy, the health benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of formula feeding are discussed, information and links to resources are provided, and concerns are addressed. Women also receive, as part of prenatal care, education about breastfeeding-friendly birth practices that can impact breastfeeding success. Clients are encouraged to attend a prenatal breastfeeding information class. Midwifery care following the birth allows uninterrupted and extended skin to skin contact and breastfeeding whenever possible. Midwives will devote time and hands on help as required to ensure a positive first breastfeeding experience.
Helpful breastfeeding information can be found on the following links:
Early Hand Expression Increases Later Milk Production. Video instruction.
Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services
La Leche League’s home page with a wide variety of information available in many languages
A non-profit organization since 2010, the International Breastfeeding Centre (ibc) offers breastfeeding support, education, and training.