Getting Help and Peer Support

If ythree babies in diapers sitting holding handsou have concerns or questions about breastfeeding, it is important that you get help as soon as possible.  Our community has resources and support services that are available to meet your needs.

A Public Health Nurse can answer your questions and give you more information about breastfeeding supports.  A current list of available breastfeeding support services is also provided below.

Research shows that mothers also benefit from the support of other mothers who are breastfeeding.  You may have friends or relatives who are breastfeeding their babies or have recently breastfed.  It may be helpful to go to a meeting or watch a family member or friend breastfeed while you are pregnant.  You can also meet other mothers through:

Adapted with permission from the Best Start Resource Centre.


Southwestern Public Health

Telephone and In-Person Support from a Public Health Nurse

  • St. Thomas Site

1230 Talbot St., St. Thomas

519-631-9900 ext. 1400; Toll free: 1-800-922-0096

Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)

Calls: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Walk-in: 8:30 am – 4 pm


  • Woodstock Site

410 Buller St., Woodstock

519-421-9901; Toll free: 1-800-922-0096

Call for phone support or to book an in-person consult


Southwestern Public Health Clinics

For times and locations check out: 

Or Call: 1-800-922-0096 for more information

Telehealth Ontario

24/7 Breastfeeding Telephone Support in over 100 different languages

  • 1-866-797-0000
  • 1-866-797-0007 (TTY)

La Leche League Peer Support

Support from local peer leaders and other breastfeeding families

  • St. Thomas Elgin Group:

Facebook Page St. Thomas Elgin


  • Woodstock Group:

Facebook Page Woodstock

West Elgin Community Health Centre

Free breastfeeding support for all residents of West Elgin, Dutton and Dunwich Municipalities

153 Main St., West Lorne


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

IBCLCs are professionals who specialize in clinical breastfeeding management

IBCLCs work at hospitals, health units, in the community and private practice. 

Click here to find an IBCLC in your area.

Your health care provider can also provide breastfeeding support. 

If you are very worried about your baby’s feeding or health, consult with your health care provider or go to your nearest walk-in clinic or emergency department.