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Breastfeeding 6 months and beyond

Breastfeeding your child past infancy is NATURAL.

Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their children for the first two years and more, or for as long as they want. The longer you breastfeed, the more benefits you and your baby get.

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.

Additional Resources: Breastfeed a Toddler: Why on earth?

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