The purpose of this study was to document mothers' perceptions of breastfeeding information and support received from hospital- and community-based health professionals within a multiethnic community. A telephone survey was conducted to assess: mothers' impressions of professional support for breastfeeding, whether recommended breastfeeding practices were followed by health professionals, and the nature and sources of breastfeeding information received. An ethnically diverse sample of 108 first-time breastfeeding mothers was surveyed at 3 weeks postpartum. Overall, the mothers' evaluations of professional support for breastfeeding were positive, even though they reported breastfeeding practices that fell short of recommended standards. Immigrant mothers were found more likely to experience hospital practices detrimental to breastfeeding success than Canadian-born mothers, but were also found more likely to receive professional breastfeeding support in the community. Significant differences were also found between immigrant and Canadian-born mothers in the sources of their breastfeeding information. The findings underscore the key role of nurses in ensuring the promotion and optimal support of breastfeeding.