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Prenatal eManual - Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding is important for the healthy growth and development of your baby. Health Canada recommends giving only breastmilk for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding in addition to solid foods for up to two years and beyond. In Canada, most women begin breastfeeding; however, some women decide to feed their babies a breastmilk substitute (infant formula). It is important that you make an informed decision that is best for you and your baby.


Informed Decision

To make an informed decision about infant feeding:

  1. Discuss your questions and concerns about feeding baby with your healthcare provider or call us to speak with a public health nurse;
  2. Know the importance of breastfeeding and/or providing breastmilk for baby, mother, family, and your community;
  3. Be aware of health risks of not breastfeeding for baby and mother;
  4. Be aware of the potential risks and costs of infant formula;
  5. Consider the difficulty of reversing the decision once breastfeeding is stopped.

If you make an informed decision to feed your baby infant formula, the following information can help you prepare infant formula safely.

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Date of creation: March 15, 2018
Last modified on: August 4, 2023