Breastfeeding is the optimal, most nutritious way to feed your baby. Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. After the first six months, they recommend an extra six months in addition to complementary foods.
Breastfeeding is a unique experience with each new baby and it takes time for both of you to "get it right".
Babies who are breastfed should get a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (µg) or 400 international units (IU) each day. This will help reduce vitamin D deficiency, which could cause other health problems.
Vitamin D supplements can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy. Talk to your pharmacist about which option is best for you and your baby.
To get the best start at breastfeeding, it's important to:
Many new moms worry that their child isn't getting enough milk when they’re breastfeeding.
A baby who feeds well will show the following signs:
A new baby brings many changes. Taking care of yourself will give you energy to keep up with your baby. You don't need to follow a special diet while breastfeeding. Continue eating a variety of foods based on Canada's Food Guide and recommendations and drink water to satisfy your thirst.
There are many supports for breastfeeding moms in Niagara. If you're having any challenges, connect with a public health nurse at Niagara Parents to ask all of your breastfeeding questions.