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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding
is the normal and healthiest way to feed your baby and is the first step in a lifetime of healthy eating. 

Health Canada recommends that healthy full term infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life as breast milk is the best food for optimal growth. Breast milk is all your baby needs for the first 6 months of his/her life.

From six to 12 months of age, breast milk continues to be the main food for your baby. Your baby also needs solid foods to develop and grow. At six months of age, start to offer solid foods to your baby, particularly iron-rich foods.  Foods from the Meat and Alternatives group in Canada’s Food Guide and iron-fortified infant cereals are iron-rich foods. 

By one year of age, your baby should be eating a variety of foods from all four food groups of Canada’s Food Guide. As you offer family foods to your baby, continue to breastfeed, based on your baby’s cues, up to two years of age and older.  

Looking for Breastfeeding Support Groups? Visit our Breastfeeding Support page.



There is a number of resources available on this website to help you make decisions about feeding your baby:

 

Choosing How to Feed Your Baby 

This page provides information to help moms and families make an informed decision about how to feed their baby. It includes links to resources and supports to help moms start breastfeeding and to keep it going.  

 
Breastfeeding Handbook
 
The Breastfeeding Handbook (PDF) provides information on how to get started with breastfeeding and to keep it going.
 

Feeding Your Baby: 6 – 12 Months 

The Feeding your baby: 6-12 Months website answers many questions parents may have about infant feeding, such as when and how to introduce solid food to their baby. 

 
Healthy Eating for Your Toddler Age 12- 24 Months: A Guide for Parents

Healthy Eating for Your Toddler Age 12- 24 Months: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF) provides guidance on feeding toddlers. It has lots of practical information about how you can help your child develop healthy eating habits.


Links


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Breastfeeding Support at Eastern Health

 

 
 
Breastfeeding Selfie Contest

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Updated Oct 5, 2016