FAQ 2018-02-22T22:29:32+00:00


How can I get ready to breastfeed? 2018-02-22T22:26:16+00:00

You can get ready to breastfeed before the birth of your baby. Here are a few ideas that could be helpful:

  • Attend a prenatal breastfeeding workshop. The prenatal classes offered by the CLSC also include a section about breastfeeding.
  • Talk about breastfeeding with friends or family members who had a positive breastfeeding experience.
  • Talk about breastfeeding with your partner. A partner motivated to help you breastfeed is a wonderful ally, and can make a huge positive difference.
  • Watch videos of babies who are breastfeeding well to learn to recognise a good latch, for example on Newman’s website
  • Read about breastfeeding. You can find ideas about reliable sources of information in our Useful Links
  • Ask to be paired with a breastfeeding support mom.
  • Prepare your breastfeeding plan along with your birth plan. See our Breastfeeding plan section for ideas of what to include in your plan.
Is it normal for my baby to lose weight right after birth? 2018-02-22T22:23:20+00:00

At birth, a baby’s stomach is about the size of a cherry, hence newborns can drink only a very small quantity of milk at each feeding. The colostrum, which is the type of maternal milk that is present at birth, is therefore produced in very small quantities. Colostrum is extremely rich in nutriments and antibodies and fulfills all of a newborn’s needs until the milk comes in a few days later. Colostrum is also a laxative, and helps the baby quickly evacuate the first stools, the meconium. It is therefore normal for a baby to lose some weight after birth, approximately 5 to 10% of the initial birth weight.
Furthermore, if the mother had an intravenous perfusion during labour and delivery, the additional liquid intake artificially increases the baby’s birth weight. This excess liquid is then quickly evacuated through urine, which can accentuate the weight loss after birth.

When should my baby be examined after we leave the hospital? 2018-02-22T22:22:24+00:00

You should have you baby examined by a breastfeeding specialist 1 or 2 days after leaving the hospital. This specialist could be a nurse, a mid-wife, a lactation consultant, or a doctor. Your baby should be examined again about 6 days after birth by your doctor.

When should I start to produce breastmilk, and will I produce enough milk for my baby? 2018-02-22T22:21:08+00:00

During the first few days, your breasts will produce a small quantity of a special milk called “colostrum”. After 3 to 5 days, your breasts will start to become fuller as they begin to produce maternal milk. You will produce more milk if your baby suckles more often and has a good suction. Most mothers produce enough milk to feed their baby.

What are the signs that my baby is hungry? 2018-02-22T22:20:07+00:00

Your baby can:

  • move his eyes rapidly beneath his eyelids when he starts to wake up to drink;
  • make succion and licking movements with his mouth;
  • bring his hand to his mouth;
  • stretch, and become more agitated;
  • make small noises.

It is better to offer the breast to your baby before he becomes too upset or screams loudly.

How can I know that my baby is drinking enough? 2018-02-22T22:17:35+00:00

If your baby has a good latch (see next question) and you breastfeed her on demand, it is almost guaranteed that he is drinking enough. Here are a few things that you can observe to confirm that your baby is getting enough milk:

  • Behaviour :
    • Your baby is generally alert and active while he is awake, and he seems happy and satisfied after a feeding.
    • Your baby drinks at least 8 times during a 24h period.
  • Weight :
    • Your baby looses only 5 to 10% of his birth weight during the first 5 days.
    • Your baby starts to gain weight by the 5th day, and regains his birth weight before the end of the 2nd week.
    • Your baby gains approximately 140 g (5 oz) per week after the first week.
  • Stools and urine :
    • Your baby’s stools, which were black during the first few days, become yellow and soft within the first five days.
    • Your baby has at least 3 stools per day from day three up to about 6 weeks.
    • From day 5, your baby wets at least 6 diapers per 24h.
    • Your baby’s urine is colourless or pale yellow.
How can I know if my baby has a good latch? 2018-02-22T22:13:09+00:00

You can look at videos that show babies with a good and bad latch to help you recognise when a baby is drinking well at the breast, for example on Dr. Newman’s website

Here are a few things you can look at to know is your baby has a good latch:

  • Your baby’s face, torso and knees are aligned and facing you.
  • Your baby’s chin rests firmly on your breast.
  • Your baby’s nose and cheek touch your breast lightly, or do not touch it at all.
  • Your baby’s mouth is wide open, and a large part of your areola is in his mouth, not just the nipple.
  • Your baby’s tongue is positioned over his lower gum, and his lips are curled outward.
  • You see or hear your baby swallow.
  • After a feeding, your nipples may be elongated, but they are not creased or flattened.
  • You do not feel pain, or you feel some pain only at the beginning of a feeding.

If you suspect that your baby has a bad latch, ask for help! You could call your breastfeeding support mom for suggestions, or go to a breastfeeding clinic at the CLSC.

What is a growth spurt? 2018-02-22T22:06:13+00:00

During certain periods, your baby grows rapidly and must breastfeed more frequently. Growth spurts usually occur at about 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. They can last a few days. Your breasts will produce enough milk for your baby during these growth spurts.

What is cluster feeding? 2018-02-22T22:05:31+00:00

The term cluster feeding is used when a baby who normally breastfeeds every few hours asks for the breast many times in a row almost without pause. This is entirely normal, and can happen at any time of the day. Cluster feedings are particularly frequent in the newborn, and often occur in the evening. They also become more frequent during a growth spurt. This behaviour is not a sign that you don’t have enough milk. On the contrary, it will allow your production to increase along with your growing baby’s needs.

Is it normal for a baby to spit up? 2018-02-22T22:04:53+00:00

It is frequent for a young baby to spit-up after drinking or when they burp. This should not be a problem if your baby shows signs that he drinks sufficiently (see the question “How can I know that my baby is drinking enough?” above). Many babies spit-up less once they are 4 to 6 months old

How long should I breastfeed? 2018-02-22T22:04:16+00:00

This is a personal choice. The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. It is in favour of continued breastfeeding once solids are introduced, until the child is two years old or beyond. Many mothers chose to breastfeed for a longer period. There is not a single ideal moment to stop breastfeeding.

Should I give vitamins to my baby? 2018-02-22T22:03:38+00:00

As of 2016, the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends giving vitamin D drops to all breastfed babies. You should discuss this with you pediatrician or family doctor.

Is it safe to breastfeed if I take medications, or if I am sick? 2018-02-22T22:02:43+00:00

In almost all cases, it is safe to continue breastfeeding. You can contact Mother Risk at 1- 877 -327-4636, or ask your support mom who will be able to help you obtain presise information concerning your situation.

What should I eat when I am breastfeeding, and are there foods that I should avoid? 2018-02-22T22:01:46+00:00

Eat a variety of foods and follow the Canadian Food Guide. You can obtain a free copy by phoning your local CLSC. There are no foods that you should avoid. Some foods can occasionally incomodate the baby, but this does not occur frequently. Drink when you are thirsty.

Where can I find help for breastfeeding? 2018-02-22T22:00:47+00:00

Drop-in breastfeeding clinics:

Mondays, 1 pm to 4 pm (moved to Tuesdays on holidays)
CLSC St-Hubert
1400 Edouard boul., St-Hubert

Fridays, 1 pm to 4 pm
CLSC Samuel de Champlain
5811 Taschereau boul., Brossard

Breastfeeding clinics by appointment:

Wednesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm
CLSC St-Hubert
6800 Cousineau boul., St-Hubert
To make an appointment: 450-443-7400 ext. 2214

Fridays, 9 am to 12 pm
CLSC Samuel de Champlain
5811 Taschereau boul., Brossard
To make an appointment: 450-443-7400 ext. 2214

To be paired with a breastfeeding support mom, contact us:

Other ressources:

AQC (Quebec association of IBCLE certified lactation consultants):

Info santé (for non urgent health questions): 450-445-4452 or 811

Motherisk (information about medication while breastfeeding): 1-877-327-4636

See also our Useful Links section for other ressources.