Thinking of having a baby and wondering about breastfeeding?

Perhaps you’re already pregnant and thinking about how you and your baby will learn to breastfeed?

Do you want to include breastfeeding in your birth plan?

Looking for the support of other breastfeeding families?

We hope that the information you’ll find here will help you to prepare for a rewarding breastfeeding experience.

Breastfeeding may be the natural way to feed our babies, but it is also a learned skill for both mother and baby. Gathering information and establishing support systems before your baby arrives is an important part of setting yourself up for breastfeeding success.

Ottawa offers many different options for prenatal breastfeeding education.

Breastfeeding Specific Classes

In Community Health Centres, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC),  made possible by funds provided by the Government of Ontario.


  • Mothercraft Breastfeeding Classes, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), 613-728-1839 x 248
  • Milkface Breastfeeding Classes, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), 613-596-1170
  • Birth to Breastfeeding prenatal breastfeeding class, taught by a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • City View Centre
  • Monarch Centre Breastfeeding Classes

Prenatal Consults with an IBCLC:

All of the Ottawa area IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) offer prenatal breastfeeding consultations. This is an excellent option if you prefer to have a consultation in the privacy of your own home, if you have struggled with breastfeeding issues in the past, or if your medical history puts you at increased risk of breastfeeding challenges (for example, previous breast surgery, premature baby, multiples etc).

Peer Support

Peer support is an excellent way to learn more about breastfeed
ing and establish a support network before your baby arrives.

Ottawa Breastfeeding Buddies is a program run by Ottawa Public Health that pairs a woman up with a volunteer “buddy” who provides telephone information and peer support. You can ideally be paired up with a Buddy before your baby arrives, or after for up to 6 months. Your Buddy can help to provide you with prenatal breastfeeding information and after delivery breastfeeding support.

La Leche League Canada (LLLC) has numerous meetings throughout Ottawa, and pregnant women are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. Call the warmline at 613-238-5919 for details.

Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Program for young mothers or mothers with various needs to connect with each other, learn to cook, eat, take some food home, and learn about your baby. Contact: 613-749-4584 or

Prenatal Classes

Most prenatal classes include a section on breastfeeding.

City of Ottawa Free online and in person classes available

Ottawa Childbirth Education Association

Canadian Mothercraft

Healthy Beginnings

Lamaze Ottawa Young4Ever birth and Yoga

Birth to Breastfeeding

Prenatal Breastfeeding Information Sessions organized by Carlington Community Health Center

Multiple Birth Families Association

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Need a Breast Pump?

A baby’s natural way of feeding is directly at mother’s breast. Sometimes, for various reasons, this is not possible.

Need a Drop in Clinic?

Reliable professional breastfeeding care is an important part of your breastfeeding experience.

Need a Private Visit?

Private consultations with an IBCLC offer the benefit of skilled one-on-one help with breastfeeding.

Need peer support?

Help From Those Who Have Been There and Done It!

Need General Baby Support?

Thinking of having a baby and wondering about breastfeeding? Need Breastfeeding Classes?

More Information on Various Services

Need more information on various breastfeeding support services?