Help From Those Who Have Been There and Done It!

Looking for support from experienced breastfeeding parents in your community?

Parents who have breastfed or are currently breastfeeding can give you a lot of encouragement and support. Research shows that parents who receive help from other parents often breastfeed longer, feel happier and are more confident about breastfeeding.

In the Ottawa area you have lots of options. You can get parent-to-parent support by phone, by email and in person. It’s a great way to learn about breastfeeding before and after baby arrives.

Besides people known to you, here are sources of additional help from parents with first-hand breastfeeding experience:

La Leche League (pronounced “la lay-chay” league, also known as “LLL”)   

On the phone, in groups or by email, help is available FREE OF CHARGE. You may call  613-238-5919 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you tell the volunteer where you live and how old your baby is, she can direct you to a group that can give you the best help. LLL leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers trained to provide help and support to other mothers. La Leche League has been helping mothers around the world since 1961. This website lets you find a group close to where you live: La Leche League Canada.

Ottawa Breastfeeding Buddies

This Ottawa Public Health program also offers mother-to-mother support by telephone. Mothers with at least 6 months of breastfeeding experience are matched with mothers who are planning to breastfeed or just starting out. This support can continue until your baby is 6 months old. A trained breastfeeding mother can become your “buddy”, and provide telephone support, encouragement, information, or suggestions about where to get more help. To be matched with a Buddy or to volunteer to become a Buddy, please call 613-580-6744 extension 23932. You may also send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The following website has more information: Get Help Breastfeeding.

Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Program, CPNP, or Buns in the Oven

Weekly meetings to provide support to improve the health and well being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies who have needs. Available in Ottawa in 7 sites. Learn to cook, eat together, and learn about your baby. Contact:  613-749-4584 or

Breastfeeding Café

This group of breastfeeding mothers meets once a week for informal discussion. No fee, but donations are welcome. A Certified Lactation Counsellor guides the group. More information (including dates and times) is available on Facebook: Breastfeeding Cafe. On hiatus until September.

Breastfeeding Lounge

Breastfeeding Lounges at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.

2260 Walkley Road (at the corner of St-Laurent Blvd)

Peer to peer support. This project is funded by Health Nexus. - Thursday, October 8th from 10:30 to 12:30 - Thursday, October 22nd from 10:30 to 12:30 - Thursday, November 5th from 10:30 to 12:30 - Thursday, November, 19th from 10:30 to 12:30 - Thursday, December 3rd from 10:30 to 12:30 - Thursday, December 17th from 10:30 to 12:30


Ottawa Multiple Breastfeeding Support 

For all mothers of multiples or expecting multiples, to discuss the ins and outs of feeding multiples and to share experiences.
4th Monday of every month at 10am
Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Rd., no fee.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant attends but this is mother-led.

Moms Mentoring Moms Program, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

This program includes a weekly breastfeeding peer support group for First Nations, Métis and Inuit mothers who are breastfeeding or expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed. The group will be held weekly, with the location alternating between the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (299 Montreal Road) and Minwaashin Lodge (100-1155 Lola Street). For more information, and for dates and times of the offerings, please send an email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


Lactation Connection

“Lactation Connection” peer to peer support drop in Every Tuesday morning in the Glebe

9:30 – 11:30

MotherWit Headquarters

799 Bank Street, upstairs in suite 203

$5, breakfast, tea and coffee offered!

Drop in facilitated by a Birth and Postpartum Doula

for more information they can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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