Your milk is the only food that your baby needs for the first six months. It is recommended that nursing continue for 2 years or more, with the addition of a variety of age-appropriate food starting at 6 months of age.
While breastfeeding/chestfeeding is natural, it is not always easy and can take time, patience and support.
- Importance of Breastfeeding and 10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
- Read Breastfeeding: Learning the basics and 10 Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding
- Watch a video on breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding and Skin-to-Skin Contact
- Doing Skin-to-Skin Safely
- Comfortable Breastfeeding Positions and Helpful Hints
- Tips for Breastfeeding Twins
- Indigenous Breastfeeding Wellness Teachings
- Breastfeeding Booklet for Indigenous Families
The words breastfeeding and breastfed are used throughout this section to describe a baby being fed human milk produced by a parent at the parent’s breast. You may prefer different words, like nursing or chestfeeding. Use whichever terms you are most comfortable with, and ask that your friends, family and health care providers use them too.