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Practical support for mothers and fathers in Geneva

The leaflet in french Panorama du réseau de soutien en Région genevoise et France voisine (2019) shows where you can find breastfeeding support in Geneva. The information hereafter is regularly updated. French page see here

COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

Last update : May 8, 2020

For Health Care Providers see here

For parents

Currently, data, although limited, do not show a risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through breastfeeding. Maternal infection with Covid-19 is therefore not a contraindication to breastfeeding, which is possible and encouraged because of its benefits on the health of mother and child. These are the recommendations of many international and national experts (WHO, UNICEF, CDC, SSP, FOPH/Swissnoso/PIGS, SGGG).

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  • SGGG Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (14 avril 2020 Online Dokument)

Helpful information on breastfeeding

La Leche League

LLL organizes free mother-to-mother meetings. Please check the Swiss website www.lalecheleague.ch and chose the language for the meeting you wish to attend.

On LLL Suisse romande FB page you find meetings in English and Spanish https://www.facebook.com/LLLSuisseRomande/

Swiss Foundation for Breastfeeding Promotion

On the website, you find a Brochure “Allaiter” in 12 languages for mothers and families.

Lactation consultants (IBCLC – DIU – CAS)

Three consultations are paid by basic health insurance in Switzerland.

Geneva : 022 752 30 09 et  https://sites.google.com/site/consultanteenallaitement/

Romandie (French speaking part of Switzerland) : CLIF https://allaiterenromandie.ch/

Association of Swiss Lactation Consultants www.allaitement.ch

Midwives

Associations and cabinets
Mother support, birthing preparation, breastfeeding: please check directly the offer in Geneva

Arcade sages-femmes

L’Arcade sages-femmes propose les activités suivantes :

  • 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.
  • Details on the website: http://www.arcade-sages-femmes.ch/

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

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.

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/

Various Informations

Breastfeed and work

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

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 severine.emery-martin@etat.ge.ch for more information.

Depressed? Tired?

Contact the HUG “Mood disorders and perinatality” network for an appointment. Management of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder related to the perinatal period.

Mamamap

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 can breastfeeding in public everywhere in Switzerland!

Parent-children consultation

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.