For parents, how you feed your baby is an important decision. At the health unit we provide support, resources and information that help parents to make an informed infant feeding decision. An informed decision means that the parents carefully think about what is best for the health of their baby, the importance of breastfeeding and the risks of formula feeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to give your baby the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding your baby to six months of age. From six month to two years of age and beyond, it is recommended that mothers continue breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods to their baby.
Getting ready to breastfeed
As an expecting mother, you should start to think about and decide how you will feed your new baby. Check out the topics listed below for more information.
Find out more about the importance of breastfeeding for mom, baby and the whole community.
Breastfeeding supports in your community Breastfeeding can be challenging at times. There are agencies and organizations in your community who are ready to support you through the process.
Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)
The NWHU is working towards their BFI designation. Find out what this means for you.
If you have made an informed decision to formula feed your baby, choose an iron-fortified cow’s milk-based commercial infant formula, unless otherwise advised by your health care provider. You must be careful to prepare formula safely and store it safely, or your baby can get sick. It is best to make each bottle of formula fresh and use it right away. Formula comes in powder, concentrate or ready to serve format. Each type has different instructions for how to mix it safely. All bottle equipment and water will need to be sterilized for each feeding.
Learn more about how to safely prepare formula.
Learning about breastfeeding
It can take time for both mother and baby to learn how to breastfeed properly. The health unit provides resources, consultations and support to help breastfeeding mothers learn about:
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For more information or to speak with a public health nurse contact us.