Parenting

Resources for every step of being a parent. Breastfeeding and lactaction support specialists, Peer support groups and Parent support groups for ages 0-6. 

Breastfeeding and Lactation

Lactation Support


Parenting in Ottawa

Offers breastfeeding and parenting drop-in support from prenatal to age 6

Email Ottawa Public Health: ParentingOttawa@ottawa.ca

To speak with Public Health Nurse: 613-727-3687

View Breastfeeding support WITH Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)

View a list of Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) available for appointment




Peer Support Groups


La Leche League Support Groups

La Leche League Canada is a registered non profit that provides parent-to-parent/peer support for pregnant women, new parents and beyond. Leaders are parents who have breastfed or chestfed their own children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. There is no cost to receive support from a Leader and all regular informal group meetings are free of charge.

Ottawa Breastfeeding Buddies

Offered through Ottawa Public Health. 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.

Contact: 613-580-6744 extension 23932.

ottbreastfeedingbuddies@ottawa.ca

Breastfeeding Lounge

This drop-in is available to all parents regardless of birth location. Led by the Centre’s Lead Midwife, the drop-in is a place where parents can come and have their breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep or other questions answered, and spend time with other new parents, talking about their challenges and successes in a warm, supportive environment.

Location: Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

Ottawa Multiples Breastfeeding Support

For all mothers of multiples or expecting multiples, to discuss the ins and outs of feeding multiples and to share experiences.

Lactation Connection

Offered by MotherWit Doula Care. Light breakfast with coffee or tea will be served as we connect and chat about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding, and life with a baby. This is a peer to peer breastfeeding support group. Open to anyone currently breastfeeding.

Cost: $5

Milkface Breastfeeding Support Drop-in

Clinics are staffed by a rotating staff of four IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Clinics are appropriate for moms and babies who need hands on help with a new question or problem, who need to check in and ensure they are continuing in the right direction with their current breastfeeding plan and for those who want their baby weighed.




Breastfeed & Lactation


Lactation Support – Ottawa Breastfeeds

List of weekly community drop-in breastfeeding clinics, peer support and private visits with an IBCLC and other resources for breastfeeding

Bilingual online Ontario Breastfeeding services





Parenting Support Groups

New Parents


Mommy Connections Mom & Baby Program

Each week’s class features a discussion led by a local expert or a fun activity for mom and baby. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one while still fulfilling your need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement. Each session is 6-8 weeks long. Babies are usually between 2 & 9 months old, many start in their first couple weeks of life.

Mothercraft Birth and Parent Companion Program

Provides one-on-one prenatal, labour/delivery, postnatal and parenting support to marginalized and at risk families in the Ottawa area. Our support increases the knowledge of additional support services in our community, provides referrals where necessary, helps to build confidence and self-efficacy in parenting, and provides opportunities for families to connect with one another. An extensive telephone intake is conducted with program staff to determine eligibility based on the family’s income and level of support.

Contact: bpcp@mothercraft.com




Children 0-6


Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins

The Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins are located across the City of Ottawa. Speak with a public health nurse about parenting. The program is available to expectant parents; parents/guardians of children aged birth to 6 yrs of age.

  • Get support for breastfeeding

  • Learn ways to help your child eat healthy and be active

  • Make sure your child is on track with their growth and development

  • Ask about your child's social and emotional development

Calendar of drop-ins across the city available

Somerset Community Health Centre Parenting Support Services

Programs are offered to parents, caregivers and their children 0-6 years old. Services include referrals, home visits, toy library, information on child development & many other available resources. English & Chinese parenting programs are available.

Contact Kim at 613-238-8210 ext. 2504

The Ontario Early Years Centre

Available to children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers. Brings together in one location information about children's services and programs in the community and provides several programs and services.

Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library offers an extensive amount of free programs available to babies and parents across multiple locations.

Wild Child Coffee Project

The WildChild Coffee Project is a new concept in Westboro that offers a heightened food, drink and play experience to families with young children. The play space is focused on children 5 and under, but all ages are welcome and can have a good time.

Location: 315 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON K1Z 6X6

Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm and Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Phone #: 613-422-4700