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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. For information on introducing complementary foods, visit Introducing Complementary Foods. 
 
Breastfeeding is the normal and healthiest way to feed your baby and is the first step in a lifetime of healthy eating.  
 
Breastmilk is the best food you can offer your baby.  Health Canada and the World Health Organization recommend that it should be the only food for the first six months of life.  After that, breastfeeding should continue for up to two years and beyond, along with age-appropriate solid foods.  Start solid foods that are healthy, especially foods that are high in iron.  Examples of foods that are iron-rich include: 
  • well-cooked and unprocessed meat, fish and poultry
  • well-cooked meat alternatives such as whole egg, tofu, beans, lentils and chickpeas
  • peanut butter spread thinly on toast or crackers
  • iron-fortified infant cereals
For more information on introducing solid foods, visit Introducing Solid 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
 
Feeding your baby 6-12 months, the BabyFriendlyNL (PDF) provides information on how to get started with breastfeeding and to keep it going. 


Links


Healthy Living

 
Breastfeeding Support at Eastern Health

 

 
 

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Updated Apr 2, 2019