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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. For information on introducing complementary foods, visit Introducing Complementary Foods. 
Foods from the Meat and Alternatives group in Canada’s Food Guide and iron-fortified infant cereals are iron-rich foods.  

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

There are 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. 


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Breastfeeding Support at Eastern Health




Updated Oct 22, 2018