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Breastfeeding

Get the facts on... Breastfeeding

  • Health Canada recommends that babies receive only breast milk for the first 6 months and encourages breastfeeding along with solid foods for 2 years or more.
  • Provides the best food for your baby with the nutrients changing for each stage of growth and development.
  • Provides antibodies, antivirals, growth factors and antibacterial properties to protect and help your baby grow.
  • Breast milk works like a medicine to protect premature babies.
  • Protects against infections, diarrhea and dehydration.
  • Lowers the chance that your baby will be hospitalized for chest infections.
  • Lowers the risk of ear infections.
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes in children.
  • Lowers the risk of obesity for teens and adults.
  • Lowers the risk of allergies, especially if there is a family history.
  • Decreases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Develops good face and jaw muscles to help with speech and position of teeth.
  • Mothers who breastfeed are at lower risk of developing breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
  • Produces hormones which reduce a mother’s response to stress.
  • Helps mom and baby keep a close bond even when mom returns to work or school.
  • Less time missed from work or school as baby is often healthier.
  • Breastfeeding saves you and your family money.
  • Breast milk is ready anytime, anywhere.
  • Is environmentally friendly - no bottles, cans, washing or waste.

Get the facts on... Artificial Baby Milk Feeding (Formula)

  • Has NO antibodies, antivirals, growth factors or antibacterial properties to protect and help your baby grow.
  • Does not protect against infections and diarrhea.
  • Does not change to meet your baby’s needs as he/she grows and develops.
  • Can decrease mother’s milk supply.
  • Bottles (glass or plastic, free of (BPA) Bisphenol A) can cost about $60 to $100 to get started.
  • Formula can cost about $100-$200 per month.
  • Using formula and bottles increases your baby’s risk of exposure to contaminants and chemicals.
  • Exposes your baby to possible mistakes in the processing of formula.
  • You need to clean equipment, prepare and store formula carefully.
  • Powdered infant formula may expose babies to harmful bacteria.
  • Powdered infant formula is not recommended for infants who are premature, low birth weight or ill.