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Breastfeeding benefits for moms

Breastfeeding – the best choice for your baby and you



Exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age is best for your baby and you. Learn about how breastfeeding benefits your baby here.


How breastfeeding benefits moms


Convenience

Breastfeeding requires no bottles, refrigeration, sterilization or extra equipment. Breastmilk is always clean, at the right temperature and ready whenever your baby is hungry. Breastfeeding is also low cost compared to formula feeding. Tip: If you need to be away from your baby for a long time, use a breast pump to express your milk. Breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer so someone else can feed your baby. Speak to a health care professional about choosing a breast pump.


Health benefits

Studies show that women who breastfeed may have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones later in life. The hormones that your body makes when you breastfeed can contribute to your emotional well-being. Thanks to these hormones, mothers may experience calmness and feelings of well-being.


A bonding experience

Breastfeeding is a special time for you and your baby to bond. Breastfeeding can have a unique calming effect on both baby and mother.


Finding support is important

It is normal to have questions about breastfeeding, so it is important to get support. There are many places you can turn to for advice:

  • Speak to a nurse, doctor or midwife about your questions.
  • Call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 to get connected to a Lactation Consultant near you.
  • Call your local health department to contact a public health nurse or find a Lactation Consultant or program in your area.
  • Visit the Best Start Resource Centre website to order or download a copy of their breastfeeding resources.
  • Visit the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Caring for Kids website to find answers to breastfeeding questions.

You may also have friends or relatives that would be happy to share their breastfeeding experiences with you. If you have questions about breastfeeding and healthy eating, email the Registered Dietitians at EatRight Ontario or call 1-877-510-5102.


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Last Update – October 9, 2016

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