Breastfeeding is the natural way of feeding a baby. Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and the Canadian Paediatric Society all recommend that babies are given breast milk only for the first 6 months to get the healthiest start in life. At 6 months of age, babies should begin nutritious and iron-rich foods while breastfeeding continues for up to 2 years and beyond.
It is important to surround yourself with good support while you are learning. Family and friends can make breastfeeding a success. Tell your family and friends about your goal to breastfeed and ask them to support you. Allow them to take care of you so that you can take care of your baby.
During the early days after birth, some babies and mothers need time to learn to breastfeed together. Your body was made to breastfeed! Give yourself some time and patience to be confident in this new skill.
If your baby is ill or in the hospital, or if you are separated from your baby for medical reasons, we can help. Call Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096.
If you have any questions about planning a pregnancy, being pregnant, breastfeeding or parenting, we have a Public Health Nurse answering questions. Please call, email, or walk-in.
- Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Breastfeeding matters: An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families. Retrieved from http://www.beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/breastfeeding_matters_EN_LR.pdf
- Canadian Paediatric Society’s Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee, Dietitians of Canada, Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada & Health Canada. (2012). Nutrition for healthy term infants: Recommendations from birth to six months. Retrieved from