Did you know that breastfeeding has many health benefits for both babies and mothers?
For babies, it provides ideal nutrition. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that children should receive only breast milk for the first six months of life. Additional foods are recommended only after this period of time, with breastfeeding continuing for up to two years and beyond. Breast milk also has many important antibodies, and children who are breast fed are at a reduced risk for developing:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Obesity in later life
For the mother, breastfeeding helps the body recover from the stresses of pregnancy, labour and delivery. The risk of developing breast cancer is also reduced. Eastern Health is committed to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding.
We recognize that you have the right to make informed choices about feeding your infant, to have those choices respected, and that breastfeeding promotes healthy babies and mothers.
Sometimes breastfeeding can be a challenge, but it is also an important part of your baby's health. Resources are available to help support you, deal with concerns and connect you with services.
Breastfeeding Support GroupsIn addition to the support of the community health nurse in your area, breastfeeding support groups are also available. These groups, for breastfeeding women and their infants, are facilitated by Public Health nurses. No appointment is necessary.
Visit a group in your area to discuss breastfeeding tips, issues you may be encountering, or just a time for interaction with other mothers. Mom-to-mom support can make the difference in ensuring a positive breastfeeding experience. Support persons are also welcome. For schedule information, check out the links below:
Rural Avalon and Peninsulas (PDF, April 2014)
- St. John’s & Surrounding Area (PDF, April 2014)
Note: From time to time, breastfeeding support groups are moved or cancelled. Please call ahead of time to ensure sessions are going ahead. You can also contact the Newfoundland & Labrador Health Line at 1-888-709-3555.