March 22, 2017 – On-site Breastfeeding Support Also Available for Nursing Moms
“We’re excited to offer breastfeeding moms a comfortable, clean and dedicated space to nurse their babies when they’re downtown,” said Dawn Hanes, Public Health Nurse. “This new room is large enough to accommodate other children and family members. Also, on-site breastfeeding support is available on Monday and Wednesday mornings from Public Health Nurses, if needed.”
The new breastfeeding room is found on the main floor just off the clinic waiting room and is available on a first come, first serve basis for families. It is a home-like environment with a door that closes for privacy and a couch and tables. The room is open during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hanes noted that this room adds to a growing number of dedicated breastfeeding rooms throughout the community, including those found at Lansdowne Place, Sears, and Peterborough Square. “It’s really important that breastfeeding moms feel welcome and supported everywhere they go. Breastfeeding is a natural way to protect babies from diseases, and it promotes emotional and brain development. Also, the longer a woman breastfeeds, the more health benefits she and her baby will receive.”
Breastfeeding support is available by calling the Family Healthline at 705-743-1000 for all parents who live in Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the County and City of Peterborough. Parents with breastfeeding questions or concerns can also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit www.ontario.ca/breastfeeding.
For further information, please contact:
Dawn Hanes, RN
Public Health Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 289