Peer support groups are no-cost opportunities to receive support from trained facilitators, plus get input from fellow parents. Locally, there are both in-person and virtual options. Sometimes, peer support groups can solve current breastfeeding problems, and sometimes they act as a support system along with other lactation supports you may be accessing. Peer support groups can be helpful deciphering what’s common with breastfeeding babies and families, what concerns warrant exploring solutions to, and to create community. You don’t need a specific question or concern to bring to a meeting: you can just show up and hear what other people have to say. Bring your bump or your baby and your support people too!
"Mission: To encourage, promote and provide peer-based breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society." Attend in-person or virtual meetings. No cost to attend. Look at the schedules from Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and Spruce Grove to explore all local options.
"Providing culturally focused support in a modern context to indigenous families journeying through life's big transitions." A weekly informal gathering for indigenous families to learn more about traditional infant feeding practices in a safe, supportive environment. Indigenous doulas, birthkeepers, lactation counsellors will be on site.
"To encourage, promote and provide peer-based breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society." Bonding Together - Parent & Baby meets virtually at Thursdays at 1:30pm. Free registration. Check out all of the other programs also available from JPFRC, from infant massage to play groups.