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Breastfeeding (0-6 Weeks)

How you feed your baby is a personal decision and each parent’s experience is unique. Call Health Connection to speak to a Public Health Nurse to explore your options and have your questions answered.

 

Importance of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is important for your baby.

Breastfeeding is the biologically natural way to provide infants with the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. Health Canada recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond.1

Breastmilk:

  • is the perfect food that you make for your baby
  • has exactly what your baby needs to grow and develop
  • changes to meet your baby’s growing needs
  • is easily digested by your baby
  • increases success in school, according to the research
  • contains many antibodies that can protect your baby from illness, disease and development of allergies
  • is readily available and is always the right temperature. No preparation or heating required
 

Breastfeeding Supports

Breastfeeding the first few hours

We offer many types of breastfeeding supports for you and your baby.

  • Telephone support
  • NEW Breastfeeding Home Visits
  • Healthy Start Infant Drop-ins
  • Breastfeeding videos

Learn more

 

Breastfeeding is important for mothers.

Women who breastfeed:

  • have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, Type 2 diabetes and weak bones
  • may lose their pregnancy weight faster and may not have their period again for a little while longer
  • create an extra-special bond with their baby
  • save money
  • can continue to breastfeed after they return to work
  • are helping the environment because no garbage is created

Be aware of the risks of not breastfeeding.

  • Medical studies show that babies who are fed formula are at a higher risk of developing allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, diarrhea, and lung and ear infections
  • Formula can contain harmful germs picked up from manufacturing, preparation or storage
  • Formula is expensive and produces more waste
 
Date of creation: July 6, 2017
Last modified on: May 30, 2018
 
 

References

1Canadian Paediatric Society's Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee (CPS), Dietitians of Canada (DC), Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and Health Canada (HC). (2012, October 31). Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Birth to Six Months. Retrieved from
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/recom/index-eng.php
2Public Health Agency of Canada. (2009, July 15). Breastfeeding and infant nutrition. Retrieved from
http://www.publichealth.gc.ca/breastfeeding
3INFACT Canada. (2012). The risks of formula feeding. Retrieved from
http://www.infactcanada.ca/RisksofFormulaFeeding.pdf
4IBFAN Malaysia. (2010). Protecting infant health: A health worker’s guide to the International Code of Breastmilk Substitutes (11th ed.). Malaysia: IBFAN.
5World Health Organization. (2013). Health topics: Breastfeeding. Retrieved from
http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/