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Breastfeeding (6 Months and Beyond)

Your baby is now 6 months old and the world is an exciting place! At this stage, many women are breastfeeding and continuing to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Health Canada recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding.1


Starting Solids

At six months, your baby will show signs that they are ready for solid foods. Breast milk is still the most important food, but extra nutrients like iron are needed from food. Learn more →

Birth Control

Can I get pregnant if I’m breastfeeding? Which methods of birth control will affect my milk supply? How soon after my baby is born can I have sex? Learn more →

Healthy Eating and Exercise

It is important for new moms to take care of themselves, so that they can better take care of their families. New moms should take time to eat healthy, stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest and be active. Learn more →

Learn more information about healthy eating and breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School

Let's make it work! No matter the length of your maternity leave, there are ways to make returning to school or work and breastfeeding successful. You and your baby will be happier and healthier and your employer will also benefit from less absenteeism (babies are healthier) and improved employee morale. Learn more →

Date of creation: June 8, 2017
Last modified on: September 27, 2017


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