Breastfeeding your baby

Breastfeeding your baby

The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and the World Health Organization are just a few who recommend that babies get all of their nourishment from breastfeeding until they’re at least six months old. Then, at six months of age, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. (Our topic Feeding your baby can help you as your baby enters this phase).

Breastmilk contains unique health properties. There is no substitute. It helps your baby fight off infections and diseases. It reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and some childhood cancers. It promotes optimal growth, health and development. And, breastmilk is safe, natural and easy to digest.

If you have questions about breastfeeding, the Sudbury & District Health Unit’s nurse-on-call telephone support service can provide you with additional information and advice. Ask about the breastfeeding companion program, the breastfeeding support group, or the breastfeeding clinic.

There is also a free 24/7 breastfeeding telephone service that can provide you with access to expert advice and support.  The number to call is 1-866-797-0000 or TTY : 1-866-797-0007.

It is also important to know that in Ontario you have the right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime. This right is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A woman who is breastfeeding and returning to work has a right under the Ontario Human Rights Commission to be accommodated in the workplace so that she can continue to breastfeed her baby. For more information: http://www.ohrc.on.ca

Here are some other helpful resources:
 

  • This booklet by Best Start Health Nexus looks at breastfeeding from prenatal decisions to learning breastfeeding basics.
  • Mother Risk, a program of The Hospital for Sick Children, has information about how the substances you consume when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding can affect your baby.

 

 

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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