North York General Hospital encourages mothers to breast feed and to hold their baby skin-to-skin right after birth. In skin-to-skin contact, an infant is usually held chest to chest in an upright position by a parent. This practice supports early and effective breastfeeding. Having your baby skin-to-skin also helps stabilize the baby's temperature, blood sugar and breathing.
The nurses in our Labour and Delivery Unit and on the Mother and Baby Unit provide assistance and support to establish breastfeeding. Our lactation consultants are available to assist staff and mothers with complex breastfeeding issues. They are also actively involved in developing breastfeeding resource information, policies and in providing staff education.
Some moms will need to pump breast milk while they are in hospital. These moms will be required to purchase a double breast pump kit for $35. This kit can be taken home with the mom for use with a pump rented or purchased from the Mother and Baby Unit.
At discharge, breast pumps can be rented for use at home. Breast pump rental rates are $40 for a minimum initial 10-day rental — after 10 days the cost is $3 per day. A credit card is required to rent a breast pump for home use.
If you are planning to breastfeed your little one for as long as possible, purchasing a breast pump might be the right choice for you. The Purely Yours Breast Pump, which is very similar to a hospital grade pump, can be purchased from the Mother and Baby Unit for $271.20. The pump can also be purchased in the hospital's Outpatient Pharmacy.