updated June 27, 2022
Practical support for mothers and fathers in Geneva
Topic: Breastfeeding and hot weather
Currently, heatwaves and very hot weather hits Europe. We get regularly questions wether breastfed babies need water supply. In short: Exclusive breastmilk is all your baby needs in the first six months, as long as breastfeeding is well-established, even on very hot, humid days. More information here: https://www.lllc.ca/breastfeeding-summer-or-hot-weather
Helpful practical information on breastfeeding
La Leche League (LLL)
LLL organizes free mother-to-mother meetings. In the sub-menu « Conseils » of the LLL Suisse website www.lalecheleague.ch , you will find the agenda of the meetings, a form to find help by e-mail as well as the telephone numbers of the facilitators available to answer your questions in several languages.
On the LLL Suisse romande FB page you find meetings in English, French and Spanish https://www.facebook.com/LLLSuisseRomande/ Remote meetings via ZOOM are offered in French, English and Spanish.
Groupe “Nuage de Lait” – Milk cloud (in Gex, neighbouring France)
Meeting and sharing around breastfeeding – One Monday per month from 2pm to 4pm at the Relais Petite Enfance “Colin Maillard” in Saint Genis Pouilly 25 rue Lucie AUBRAC – les Hauts de Pouilly 01630 SAINT GENIS POUILLY.
- Next meetings in 2022: Monday 7 February, 7 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June.
- Phone in France: 04 50 42 12 65 / Phone from Switzerland: +33 4 50 42 12 65
Swiss Foundation for Breastfeeding Promotion
On the website, you find a Brochure “Allaiter” in 12 languages for mothers and families. Good documentation on breastfeeding and work in Switzerland and legal advice www.allaiter.ch
Lactation consultants (IBCLC – DIU – CAS)
For specific questions about breastfeeding or special situations, lactation consultations can help you. Three breastfeeding consultations are reimbursed by the basic health insurance (LAMAL) in Switzerland.
- Geneva : lactation consultants https://sites.google.com/site/consultanteenallaitement/
- Romandie (French speaking part of Switzerland) CLIF https://allaiterenromandie.ch/
- Association of Swiss Lactation Consultants www.allaitement.ch
– Swiss Federation of Midwives
To find a midwife, go to the Swiss Federation of Midwives website (SFM) http://www.hebamme.ch/ You can select the service “breastfeeding counselling” or the additional service “IBCLC lactation consultant”.
– Arcade sages-femmes (Boulevard Carl-Vogt, 1205 Geneva)
The Arcade Midwives offers the following activities – details on the website: http://www.arcade-sages-femmes.ch/
- Hotline 7 / 7. Phone 022 329 05 55
- Home consultations (check your insurance for reimbursement)
- “Get prepared for breastfeeding” (2 times / month, in French) on Tuesday, 4.30 to 6.30 pm, free.
- “Breastfeeding encounters” (2 times / month, in French) on Thursday, 2.30 to 4.00 pm, free. Share your experience about breastfeeding and ask questions, get counseling from an experiences midwive.
– Arcade sages-femmes (1214 Vernier)
The parent-baby centre at Les Libellules (12, bis avenue des Libellules) is a meeting place for information, consultation and support for pregnant women and parents with their babies up to one year old, as well as for older siblings. Address: 12, bis avenue des Libellules, 1214 Vernier http://www.arcade-sages-femmes.ch/fr/A-Vernier.htm
– The Baobab midwives (since 15 April 2021)
Do you have questions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding? Free consultation on Thursday afternoons (except public holidays) from 2pm to 5pm, without appointment. Quartier des Vergers, Esplanade des Récréations 20, 1217 Meyrin.
Gynaecologist-Obstetrician Practice, specialised in breastfeeding
Cabinet Dre Tatiana Giraud, Route des Acacias 54bis, 1227 Carouge – GE, Phone 022 309 33 06
Cabinet Dre Ana Godinho-Lourenço, Rue Plantamour 19, 1201 Genève, Phone 022 738 88 00
Pediatric practice of the Carouge Clinic
The practice is composed of several therapists.
The paediatricians Sophie Guillot and Aline Richard welcome you for the follow-up of your children from birth.
Tiphaine Folger, midwife and IBCLC lactation consultant, will accompany you in your breastfeeding project or during transition periods such as the return to work or the diversification of food.
Contact details : https://cliniquedecarouge.ch/pediatrie/
Carouge Clinic, Avenue Cardinal Mermillod 1, 1227 Carouge, phone : 022 309 45 20
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève HUG (University Hospital of Geneva)
The Lactation Consultants assure consultations without without appointment from Monday to Friday except for Thursday (only with reservation in advance). If nesseray, a medical consulation will be provided. The in-Hospital Lactation Consultants organize courses in birthing preparation and breastfeeding initiation.
Hôpital de La Tour
Private Maternity – Whether you give birth at La Tour Maternity Hospital or not, breastfeeding consultants welcome you to talk about your breastfeeding plans and to accompany you when you return home.
- Address: Maternité de La Tour, 3rd floor of l’Hôpital de La Tour, Avenue Jacob-Daniel Maillard 3, 1217 Meyrin
- Opening hours: Monday and Thursday upon reservation; Emergencies from 7.00 am to à 3.30 pm.
- Cost: varies according to type and length consultation.
- Contact by phone: 022 719 66 35.
- Website: https://www.la-tour.ch/fr/centres-dexcellence/maternite/consultation-dallaitement/
Clinique Générale Beaulieu
Private Maternity – Our team of Lactation Consultants will accompany you whether you have a project to give birth in our Clinic or not. We offer outpatient consultations to answer your questions before the birth or throughout your breastfeeding.
- Address: Maternity Section, 1st floor, Chemin de Beau-Soleil 20, 1206 Genève
- Make an appointment: Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm by phone 022 839 57 07
- Consultation schedule (or counseling by phone): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 3.30pm by phone 022 839 56 17
- Website : https://www.beaulieu.ch/maternite/apres-la-naissance/allaitement/
Breastfeeding while working
For many women, going back to work goes hand in hand with weaning – but it doesn’t have to be that way. In many cases, breastfeeding or expressing milk can be continued even while working. Since 2014, Swiss legislation has made breastfeeding or expressing milk at work a paid break. More information on breastfeeding and work
- GIFA site : https://www.gifa.org/suisse/protection-maternite/
- GIFA brochure : Allaitement au travail
- Promotion allaitement maternel suisse http://www.stillfoerderung.ch/logicio/pmws/stillen__arbeit__fr.html
- SECO Protection des travailleuses
- La LEg (Loi sur l’égalité) vous protège (déc 2017) voir sous le titre “Egalité dans l’emploi”
Baby sleep explained by Dr. Helen Ball “What is normal infant sleep – The view from Anthropology” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5fOogsUpIk (40 minutes with subtitles). This section on sleep will soon be expanded. For more information in english, check https://www.basisonline.org.uk
Breastfeeding when your baby is in daycare? Yes, this is possible!
The Child Health Service (Service Santé de l’enfance et de la jeunesse SSEJ) in Geneva offers support to educational teams in order to encourage continued breastfeeding in early childhood institutions and day care centers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
According to the WHO, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond is recommended for the health of the child and the mother. In many culture what is called “extended breastfeeding” is simply a “normal” breastfeeding duration. In Switzerland, breastfeeding beyond 12 months can provoke comments. Do you have questions about breastfeeding a toddler, the value and composition of your milk, or the psychological benefits of breastfeeding for attachment and bonding? Are you looking for arguments to defend your breastfeeding project? Here is some information:
- La Leche League UK https://www.laleche.org.uk/extended-breastfeeding-biological-norm/
- Toddler Nursing, LLL USA https://lllusa.org/toddler-nursing/
If you are in a state of chronic fatigue, have dark thoughts and no energy, you may be experiencing depression. This happens to many postpartum women. They experience a gap between the ideal world with a beautiful baby, and the reality of everyday life which can be exhausting, where you can feel alone and helpless.
“Accordages” is intended for parents of a baby aged 0-6 months who are struggling with their new responsibilities. The indications are perinatal depression, generalized anxiety, psychiatric history. https://www.hug.ch/consultation-accordages
For help in dealing with depression and other disorders related to pregnancy (before, during or after), do not hesitate to ask for help by contacting the “Santé psychique et périnatalité” programme at the HUG. https://www.hug.ch/sante-psychique-perinatalite
You can also check out the Australian POSSUM ressources, mental health tips for parents with (breastfed) babies “Growing Joy in Early life”
When we have a baby, it’s normal to find ourselves having to manage a lot of difficult thoughts and feelings. These videos offer you a set of simple strategies for taking care of your mental health in the perinatal period, from a new scientifically proven psychology known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT.
Mamamap is an application that lists the breastfeeding spaces available to the public in Geneva and elsewhere. A “Breastfeeding Space” is an accessible and discreet, non-smoking place where mothers are welcomed and can breastfeed their child confortably.
Important: A woman is allowed to breastfeed her child in public everywhere in Switzerland!
Depending on the region and structure, you will find people who are also trained in breastfeeding counseling. In Geneva IMAD, Portal Enfance et maternité is responsable for the parent-children consultations. But not all staff is trained in breastfeeding.
Information for fathers
Dads do not breastfeed and yet their presence is very important from the beginning of the child’s life. Their role is different from that of the mother, it is complementary. However, the father’s place is not always easy to take, the man also goes through a gestation and birth phase to become a father! He must learn to identify his feelings, talk about his doubts and express his expectations. – Want to know more?
- Pères impliqués – familles renforcées https://www.maenner.ch/fr/la-naissance-dun-pere/
- Projet MenCare et HESAV : Devenir père – 5 vidéos de 18 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5cX_hvtE4
- Fondation for Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland Pour les pères
- La Leche League International The support of fathers and partners
You have a child with Down syndrome?
If you are reading this, chances are you or someone you love has recently given birth to a beautiful baby with a little something extra. A support and exchange network is here for you. https://www.premiers-pas.ch/
Tourism – activities in Geneve with a (breastfed) child
- Vieille ville, place de la cathédrale, canons, rues marchandes, place du bourg de four
- marché des artisans
- Maison Tavel
- Promenade au bord du lac Léman
- Baby-plage – plage de sable et de gazon, quai Gustave-Ador
- Jardin anglais
- Parc La Grange et parc des Eau-vives
- Jet d’eau
- Horloge fleurie
- Jardin botanique (avenue de la paix)
- Bains des Pâquis
- Globe de la science et de l’innovation (CERN, Meyrin)
- Cité du temps
- Pique nique au parc des eaux vives
- Pédalo sur le lac
- Marché aux puces sur la plaine de Plainpalais
- Croisière sur le lac
- Promenade sur les bords du Rhône et sur le pont de la Machine pour la Cité du temps.
- Confluence Arve-Rhône “bout du monde”
- Parc des Bastions (université de Genève)
- Musée de l’Ariana (prendre un café sur la belle terrasse)
- Parc de l’impératrice Joséphine (chemin de l’Impératrice 10, 1292 Chambésy
- and more suggestions on https://www.geneve.ch/en/what-geneva