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Importance of Breastfeeding

You have probably heard that breastfeeding is important, but do you know why Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society and Child Health Organizations around the world recommend 'exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with continued breastfeeding - along with appropriate complementary foods - up to two years of age and beyond'?


Read on to Discover Why Breastfeeding Matters!


Breastmilk :

  • Is human milk, custom made by each mother for her child 
  • Is available when baby arrives, and for as long as mother and child want to breastfeed
  • Is produced in the amount the baby/child needs
  • Is always fresh, warm and ready
  • Protects baby against ear, chest and stomach infections
  • Lowers a child’s risk of obesity and diseases like diabetes
  • Lowers a child's risk of some childhood cancers
  • Is a safe and secure food source during emergencies and when traveling 


  • Encourages closeness and bonding
  • Builds healthy eating habits
  • Promotes proper jaw development
  • Comforts baby/child when he's sick, upset or hurt
  • Lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Supports healthy brain development
  • Helps women recover from childbirth
  • Helps women return to a healthy body weight after baby arrives
  • Assists with child spacing by delaying return of periods (See Lactational Amenorrhea Method)
  • Decreases women’s  risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
  • Saves time and money
  • Reduces health care costs for your family and society
  • Is environmentally friendly—saves energy and reduces pollution and waste

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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