BC Women's supports breastfeeding as the 'normal and unequalled' way to feed babies. As you already know breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. Numerous health authorities, including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend that:
- Babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months
- You begin offering nutritious solid foods at 6 months of age
- Breastfeeding continues for 2 years or longer
We encourage you and your family to get as much information as you need and ensure that your questions and concerns are answered. Good Information and support will help you meet your goals. As a starting point:
- Read booklets such as Baby's Best Chance and BC Women's pamphlet Breastfeeding Your Baby.
- Ask your community health nurse, midwife or physician questions about breastfeeding.
- Every mother and baby is different, so having difficulty breastfeeding once doesn't mean you can never do it.
- Size and shape of your breasts and nipples doesn't affect your ability to make breast milk.
- Attend a mother support group such as La Leche League
Please feel free to ask your nurse, midwife, or doctor for more information.
After you go home, we provide an outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic for ongoing support for breastfeeding.