Choosing how you will feed your baby is the first of many important decisions you will make as a parent. We want you to have all of the information you need to make an informed decision. Breastfeeding is best for you and your baby; however, for many different reasons, some parents decide to use formula. Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, we have support and resources to help you feed your baby safely.
Breastfeeding is recommended as baby’s first food by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. For the first 6 months, breastmilk is all your baby needs. At 6 months, solids foods should be added to the baby’s diet while still receiving breastmilk. You can continue breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond.
Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mom and baby. Breastfeeding is free, convenient and environmentally friendly. It helps protect babies from many infections and illnesses, builds healthy eating habits, promotes proper jaw development and promotes healthy brain development. Breastfeeding helps mothers because it controls postpartum bleeding, decreases rates of breast and ovarian cancers and slows the return of your period.
To learn more about breastfeeding, see Best Start's booklet, Breastfeeding Matters.
If formula feeding is how you are going to feed your baby, we can help there, too, working with you on a feeding plan.
It is also important to know that there are some risks to formula feeding. These risks can include:
When you have all the information on formula feeding, you can talk to your health care provider for ways to reduce these risks for you and your baby.
To learn more about formula feeding, see Best Start's booklet, Infant Formula: What You Need to Know
Your infant feeding goals are important to us. Please don’t hesitate to call one of our Growing Healthy Families Intake Nurses for support and information.
Are you expecting a baby and would like more information on breastfeeding? Are you currently breastfeeding and would like to have your breastfeeding assessed by a nurse specially trained in breastfeeding support? Call us today! Let's talk about your breastfeeding experience.
The Porcupine Health Unit is pleased to offer a breastfeeding peer-support group in some of our communities in partnership with other organizations. A laid back environment for you and baby to visit and talk with other nursing moms. Whether you want to inquire about breastfeeding challenges or share your breastfeeding experience, our Breastfeeding Peer Support Group welcomes you and your family.
Because breastfeeding is normal, local businesses want to show their support. Many businesses display the International Breastfeeding Friendly Place Logo to encourage your family to feel supported while nursing your baby, but also to demonstrate that you are welcome to breastfeed whenever and wherever.