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Expecting? Here’s What You Should Know About Breastfeeding

Expecting? Here’s What You Should Know About Breastfeeding

(NC) Just because something comes naturally doesn’t mean it’s also easy to do. Breastfeeding is a good example of this. It takes time for mom and baby to learn what works for them. For some moms and their babies, it may be challenging and they will find they need patience, support and practice.

The World Health Organization and Health Canada recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life. This means the baby gets only breast milk and no other food or drink. Breast milk provides all the required nutrients to help babies grow and develop and contains antibodies that help fight off infections.

Breastfeeding benefits mothers as well. It reduces the risk of disease, including osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancers. It also helps moms achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Breastfeeding is a great way for moms to bond with their babies, as skin-to-skin contact and spending time together helps mothers get to know their babies better and gives babies a sense of security.

Unfortunately, many new mothers can become discouraged. About 90 per cent start or attempt to breastfeed, but only 60 per cent are still doing so when they leave the hospital after giving birth. Only 25 per cent are breastfeeding after six months.

“Breastfeeding is the best way to give kids a healthy start in life and help them grow into healthy adults,” explains Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“Breastfeeding improves the health of both mom and baby and helps to bring them closer together. That’s why expectant mothers need to know there are many supports available when they are learning to breastfeed.”

Anyone with questions can call 1-866-797-0000 to talk to a nurse. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 100 languages. This advice can help moms learn when their baby is ready to feed, how to position themselves and the baby, and how they’ll know if the baby is getting enough milk. The nurses can also refer callers to other breastfeeding help in their communities.

For help online, www.ontariobreastfeeds.ca is a great resource. Over 800 support services across Ontario — including classes, lactation consultants and clinics — are searchable by location and type of service.

Breastfeeding is good for babies in many ways. However, some moms may not be able to breastfeed for medical reasons, and some mothers and babies, despite all best efforts, experience challenges. We encourage these moms to speak with their primary care providers about the best options for their babies. The most important thing is to ensure your baby is getting the nutrition he/she needs.


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