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Breastfeeding - Resources for Healthcare Providers

Breastfeeding is the optimal feeding method and physiological normal way to provide infants with the nutrition they need. Health Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months at which time iron-rich complementary foods are added and breastfeeding is continued up to 2 years and beyond.

By learning about breastfeeding and getting support, most women can breastfeed successfully; however, there are some reasons why women can’t, or choose not to breastfeed. Every woman needs to weigh the risks and benefits of this decision for herself and her baby. If a person makes an informed decision to use formula, resources are available. Find resources →

The following fact sheets can be used and distributed freely along with individualized assessment and teaching.

Prenatal Resources

Early Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Concerns

Other Breastfeeding Resources

Substance Use and Breastfeeding

Date of creation: September 12, 2018
Last modified on: May 9, 2020