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Importance of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the normal, unequaled way to feed your child. Babies need just your milk for the first six months. Breastfeeding for up to two years or longer is healthy for children and is encouraged.

The longer you breastfeed, the greater the health benefits for you and your child. This is why breastfeeding for as long as possible is recommended. Regardless of the length of time you nurse your child, it is better to breastfeed for a short time than not at all.

Click to discover why breastfeeding is important for children, mothers, families, the environment and workplaces.


  • Promotes more opportunity for bonding and attachment.
  • Protects your child  from ear, chest and stomach infections.
  • May protects your child from some illness, such as Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes in adulthood.
  • Builds healthy eating habits and  may protect against obesity.
  • Lowers a child's risk of some childhood cancers.
  • Promotes proper jaw development.
  • Lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Supports healthy brain development.
  • Comforts baby/child when he's sick, upset or hurt.
  • May reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.


  • Promotes more opportunities for bonding and attachment
  • Helps a mother recover from childbirth
  • Helps a mother return to pre-pregnancy weight sooner
  • Assists with child spacing by delaying return of periods (See Breastfeeding and Birth Control)
  • Decreases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
  • Decreases risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Is convenient, since breastmilk is at the right temperature and available anytime.
  • Is free
  • Saves time and money spent purchasing and preparing formula, bottles and equipment.
  • Saves money as a result of preventing illness, i.e. medical costs, medications, lost time from work to care for sick child.
  • Is a safe and secure food source during emergencies and when traveling.
  • Is available when baby arrives, and for as long as mother and child want to breastfeed.


  • Is environmentally friendly—saves energy and reduces pollution and waste
  • Decreases health care costs (fewer doctor’s visits, hospitalizations) and contributes to long term health care savings


  • Reduces absenteeism from work.
  • Improves worker productivity, moral and loyalty.
  • Reduces staff turnover.
For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your Health Care Provider or Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.
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