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 Having Your Baby

What is the Baby-Friendly Initiative?

Trillium Health Partners supports the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI). BFI helps families to make an informed decision about feeding their babies while protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. The Current Recommendations from World Health Organization & Canadian Pediatric Society support

  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life
  • Introduction of solids at six months
  • Continued breastfeeding until 2 years of age or longer

All our nurses are knowledgeable about breastfeeding and will support you with your chosen feeding method. A Lactation Consultant is also available. We provide a breastfeeding class daily for you to attend prior to discharge. We also provide individual support for those families who have made an informed decision to give their baby formula.

BFI also supports Skin to Skin care which has many benefits & helps all babies adjust to the outside world. This practice supports breastfeeding but is beneficial no matter which feeding method you choose. Babies are placed on Moms (or partner’s) bare chest with a diaper and hat on and covered with a blanket.

Skin to skin helps

  • baby adjust to new environment
  • prevent baby from having low blood sugar
  • baby’s breathing
  • baby stay warm
  • calm baby
  • you bond with your baby

While in hospital you may have support persons stay with you to help you care for yourself and your baby. Since your hospital stay is short, you may wish to have visitors once you are at home but there are also visiting hours available. Breastfeeding is welcomed in all areas of the hospital.

What do I need to know if I am having a vaginal birth?

Every effort is made to allow mothers to deliver their babies vaginally, unless you and your doctor or midwife has chosen otherwise. During a low risk birth without complications, you may or may not require an IV, depending on if you choose to have an epidural for pain relief. Our obstetricians do not routinely perform an episiotomy (a cut made into the tissues behind the entrance to the vagina (perineum) to assist the birth of the baby). Your baby will be placed skin to skin with you (or your partner) and can remain there until you arrive on the post-delivery unit. Please continue to care for your baby skin to skin as this allows your baby to become used to the outside world, supports breastfeeding and has many more benefits as well.

Trillium Health Partners supports women who have a vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC). If you have previously given birth by caesarean section and would like to try giving birth vaginally, we encourage you to consider a trial of labour with your current pregnancy. Discuss this option with your doctor or midwife if you are interested.

There are cases where you may require a caesarean section even if you have planned to deliver vaginally. Your careprovider will discuss this with you.

What do I need to know if I am having a caesarean birth?

If you are having a planned caesarean birth, your doctor will pre-book your surgery date. You will be admitted to the hospital at least 2-3 hours before your scheduled caesarean section so we can prepare you. *It is important that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before, as this may delay your surgery.

During the procedure, you may have one support person in the room. When the baby is born you or your partner can provide skin to skin care in the operating room as well as the Recovery area. We have produced a resource booklet and video in collaboration with Peel Public Health to help you with breastfeeding after a C section.

click to open video in new page - Breastfeeding your baby after a Caesarean Birth