Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed babies and has many benefits to both mother and baby. Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with sustained breastfeeding for two years and beyond, with the introduction of complementary foods.See the chart below for more information on the benefits
- Meets the nutritional requirement for every stage of development
- Promotes brain development
- Decreases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Increases protection against childhood diabetes & certain childhood cancers
- Protects against ear, stomach and respiratory infections
- Promotes healthy tooth and jaw development
- Decreases risk of childhood obesity
- Helps uterus return to normal size and controls bleeding after birth
- Helps the mother lose weight faster
- Protects against cancer of the breast and ovaries
- Decreases risk for osteoporosis
- Easy on the budget
- Works for the working mother
- Is convenient and portable
Adapted/Reprinted with permission by the Best Start Resource
Introducing solids to your baby
Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with
sustained breastfeeding for two years and beyond, with the introduction of
complementary foods. For more information on signs that your baby is ready for
solid foods and guidance on what kinds of foods to feed your baby, click to
view this helpful resource from Best Start Feeding Your Baby From
Six Months to One Year: Your guide to help you introduce solid food to your
Other Helpful Resources
Timiskaming Breastfeeding Buddies Facebook Support Group - The Timiskaming Breastfeeding Buddies program is a closed, safe space for mothers across the district of Timiskaming. Please feel free to post questions, information or anything else relating to breastfeeding and motherhood. The THU Healthy Babies Healthy Children nurses will be on the page to assist with questions and provide any resources that you might need. Join today!
Best Start Resource Centre has developed several helpful resources for breastfeeding mothers:
- Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding (pdf)
This handout will help you make an informed choice about drinking alcohol while
- Breastfeeding Matters (pdf)
This is an informative booklet that covers many topics about breastfeeding,
including getting started, and common issues and concerns with breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation
A booklet that is meant to support the Aboriginal woman with breastfeeding.
Click here for English (pdf) | Ojibway (pdf).
- Breastfeeding Your Baby (pdf)
Guidelines for Nursing Mothers. This is a helpful graphic that helps you
determine how often you should feed your baby and how you can tell whether baby
is getting enough milk.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission Brochure (pdf)
This brochure outlines information on your rights as a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, employment laws and where to seek more information.
If you have questions about breastfeeding or feeding your baby, call to speak with a Public Health Nurse at 1-866-747-4305.