Early Childcare Services

Postnatal Visit

Congratulations, baby is here!

During your post-natal visit, the nurse:

  • provides maternal breastfeeding support.
  • assesses the mother and the child’s health.
  • offers advice and guidance on care to the mother and her baby concerning health and security, among other things. 
  • addresses your concerns and answers your questions.

Post-natal follow-up clinics

Should you require post-natal follow-up for various issues such as breastfeeding, jaundice, and weight loss, make an appointment with a nurse by calling: 

Maternal Breastfeeding

Several studies have shown the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for both the child and mother. Convinced of these benefits, the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (Montréal West Island IUHSSC), has adopted a policy to encourage, protect, and support exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months—as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)—and to continue breastfeeding until 2 years of age and beyond, with guaranteed support from Montréal West Island IUHSSC staff.

To discover the benefits of breastfeeding and the services we offer, consult this section.

Baby-Friendly Certification

The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) is a quality care program based on proof of efficiency (OMS/UNICEF 1989). This initiative aims to make informed parenting decisions about child feeding, appropriate support and encouragement. It also seeks to create environments where breastfeeding is the norm. It aims to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.

St. Mary’s Hospital Center, CLSCs, and the Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre have maintained their Baby-Friendly certification. L'Hôpital de LaSalle and the Lakeshore General Hospital are working to implement the conditions to create sites to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Maternal breastfeeding and the application of this initiative are among the priorities of the perinatalogy program and the Montréal West Island IUHSSC.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Drop-In Centres

New drop-in centres as well as a new schedule are now available to parents. The drop-in centre offers support, information and opportunities to speak with other mothers. It allows mothers to get answers to their questions, share with other new parents, and weigh their baby. Some of the themes discussed include breastfeeding, the skin-to-skin technique, child nutrition and sleep and others.

See the chart for more information on our drop-in centres:

Support Groups