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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.