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Breastfeeding is healthy and natural – there’s nothing else like it. Breastmilk is all the food and drink a baby needs for the first six months of their life.  Around 6 months, babies begin to eat solid foods and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond. Continuing breastfeeding for up to two years and longer is healthy for children and is encouraged. The health unit works with families, health care providers and community organizations to support breastfeeding.


  • 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. Breastfeeding is important for babies, children, parents, families, the community, as well as the environment. Knowing where to find help and support is essential.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 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 (PDF 6.72MB) English/Francais

NOTE: This resource refers to Motherisk.  The Motherisk helpline & website closed April 2019.  Any website currently using the Motherisk name is not associated with Sick Kids.  For reliable info about exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding go to
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