Breastfeeding
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​Your milk is the only food your baby needs for the first six months. Health Canada recommends that babies continue to breastfeed for 2 years or more, with the addition of a variety of age-appropriate food starting at 6 months of age. There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.

Find out about the Importance of Breastfeeding and 10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed.

How do I learn to breastfeed?

While breastfeeding is natural, it isn’t always easy and can take time, patience, and support. 

Where do I find breastfeeding support?

Breastfeeding support is available for all new parents.  Help is available from:

Donor Milk

If it's not possible to give your baby your milk, try pasteurized donor human milk (if available) or store bought formula. A prescription from a doctor or midwife is required for donor milk. For more information about donor milk or becoming a donor, visit the BC Women’s Milk Bank website.

Informal Peer to Peer Milk Sharing - If you are thinking about giving your baby milk from an informal donor, talk with your health care provider first to discuss the risks and benefits of all feeding options. See Informal Milk Sharing for more information.

How do I staying healthy while breastfeeding?

Where do I find more information?

 

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