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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding six months and beyond

As your baby gets older, the breastfeeding relationship changes. Older babies and toddlers become more independent, but still want closeness with their parents. Breastfeeding is one way that parents and children can connect. Breastmilk also continues to change according to the nutrient needs of the child.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society and the College of Family Physicians of Canada agree:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age.
  • At about 6 months babies need to eat solid foods and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.
  • Start solid foods that are nutritious, especially foods that are high in iron.

Continuing to breastfeed when returning to work provides health benefits for parents and children. Breastfeeding is a special way for you and your child to reconnect after being apart. With a little planning, you can balance work and breastfeeding.

Should you want to advocate for your workplace to become more family and breastfeeding friendly, visit Breastfeeding in the Workplace .

Weaning happens when the parent or the child decide to end the breastfeeding relationship. There are various ways you can stop breastfeeding. Choose the way that feels comfortable for you and your child.

In the early days and months, babies need to breastfeed day and night. As babies get older, they start to wake up less often to feed at night. Healthy and safe sleep practices are important to your child’s health and well-being.

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