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Feeding your Baby

Healthy eating begins with breastfeeding.

Health Canada recommends that healthy full term babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life as breast milk is the best food for optimal growth. Infants should be introduced to nutrient-rich solid foods with particular attention to iron at six months, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond. 

Eastern Health's Public Health website has information on breastfeeding and can help you make an informed decision about how to feed your baby. It includes links to resources and supports to help you start breastfeeding and keep it going.  

Feeding Your Baby: 6 – 12 Months (PDF) answers many questions you may have about infant feeding, such as when and how to introduce solid food to your baby. 

By one year of age your baby should be eating a variety of foods from all four food groups of Canada’s Food Guide. Healthy Eating for Your Toddler: Age 12- 24 Months (PDF) - A Guide for Parents and Caregivers provides guidance on feeding toddlers. It has lots of practical information about how you can help your child develop healthy eating habits.

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Updated Jan 31, 2018