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Breastfeeding is healthy and natural – it’s an incomparable way to feed a baby. A mother’s milk is all a baby needs for the first six months of his/her life. However, breastfeeding for up to two years and longer is healthy for children and it’s encouraged.

The health unit works with mothers and their babies, families, and health care and community organizations to support breastfeeding in our communities.


  • 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. Learning about feeding your baby when you are pregnant will help you get the information you need to get off to the right start for you.

Breastfeeding is important for babies, mothers, families, the community, as well as for the environment. However you are feeding your baby, support for families is essential. Find out more about the services that are available to you.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 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

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