Breast milk is best for your baby.

Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and the Dietitians of Canada recommend that you exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months and that you continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years or longer along with complementary foods.

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Tips for common breastfeeding issues

When you start anything new, you’re bound to experience a bump or two in the road. We’ve got you covered with some tips to help address some common concerns you might have about breastfeeding.

One of the biggest concerns that breastfeeding moms have, especially in the early days, is whether their babies are getting enough milk.

When it comes to making milk, breast size does not matter. It is fatty tissue, not milk-producing tissue, that is responsible for breast size. Most women can make enough milk for their babies no matter what size their breasts are.

Now, what about breastfeeding in public? The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime. If you would like some privacy while breastfeeding away from home, you can use a blanket or breastfeeding cover to place across your chest and shoulder. Many shopping malls have lounges available for mothers to feed their babies. If you’re still feeling uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public, read our tips on feeling confident when breastfeeding in public.

Finally, the only special food you should eat while breastfeeding is a healthy, well-balanced diet. Your body will do the rest. Our tips on what to eat when breastfeeding will help plan your meals.

Reference:

A Mom’s Helpful Guide to Breastfeeding, p. 6, 2017.

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