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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is healthy and natural – there’s nothing else like it. Breastmilk is all the food and drink a baby needs for the first six months of their life. Continuing breastfeeding for up to two years and longer is healthy for children and it’s encouraged. The health unit works with parents and their babies, children, families, and health care and community organizations to support breastfeeding in our communities.

We:

  • Provide prenatal education on breastfeeding.
  • Provide information, infant feeding assessment and care over the phone, in person and in group settings.
  • Promote breastfeeding-friendly places.
  • Collect, assess and report on the infant feeding rates in our communities.
  • Implement the 10 steps of the Baby-Friendly Initiative .

What Matters to Your Health

How you’re going to feed your baby is an important decision. Breastfeeding is important for babies, children, parents, families, the community, as well as the environment. Knowing where to find help and support is essential.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

External Links

Telehealth Ontario or 1-866-797-0000

Breastfeeding Matters (PDF 7.5MB) English / Francais


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