Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy activity, and research is increasingly showing that it is an important factor in promoting good health, as breast milk provides many health and nutritional benefits for both mothers and babies.
While breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby, most mothers need help and support while they learn to feed their babies. That's why Northern Health lactation consultants are always available for guidance (see contact info below).
Health Canada and the World Health Organization recommend that breast milk should be the only food or drink for the first six months of life. When a child reaches the age of six months, parents can gradually introduce solid foods, while continuing to breastfeed up to two years of age or beyond.
What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby?
- Reduces infectious diseases
- Promotes optimal brain development
- Reduces diabetes
- Reduces allergies
- Reduces obesity
What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding for moms?
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis
- Reduces risk of breast and ovarian cancer
- Helps families save money
- Helps protect the environment