Exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age is best choice for your baby and you. Learn about how breastfeeding benefits your baby here.
How Breastfeeding Benefits Moms
Breastfeeding is Convenient
Breastfeeding requires no bottles, refrigeration, sterilization or extra equipment. Breastmilk is always clean, at the right temperature and ready whenever your baby is hungry. Breastmilk is the only food that your baby needs for the first six months. Breastfeeding is also low cost compared to formula feeding. Tip: If you need to be away from your baby for a long time, you can use a breast pump to express your milk. Breastmilk can be stored safely in the refrigerator or freezer so someone else can feed your baby. Speak to a healthcare professional about choosing a breast pump.
Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
Studies show that women who breastfeed may have a lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. It’s recommended that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for six months and then continue to breastfeed while adding complementary foods after six months.
Breastfeeding is a Bonding Experience
Breastfeeding is a special time for you and your baby and helps to create a close emotional bond with your baby
Finding Support is Important
It is normal to have questions about breastfeeding, so it is important to get support. There are many places you can turn to for advice:
Speak to a nurse, doctor or midwife about your questions.
Call your local health department to contact a public health nurse or find a Lactation Consultant or breastfeeding program in your area.
Visit the Best Start Resource Centre website to order or download a copy of their breastfeeding resources.
Visit the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Caring for Kids website to find answers to breastfeeding questions.
Visit La Leche League Canada to find peer support and other breastfeeding information.
You may also have friends or relatives that would be happy to share their breastfeeding experiences with you.
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Last Update – July 18, 2018