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Breastfeeding: The best food for your baby

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Did you know?

Breastfeeding helps the mother and child in every aspect of Miyupimaatisiiun (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development)


For mothers, breastfeeding…

  • Helps to prevent diabetes
  • Reduces mother’s risk of postpartum hemorrhage, by stimulating the uterus to contract after childbirth and return to its normal size
  • May reduce risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Produces the hormones oxytocin and prolactin that sooth, reduce stress, and lead to positive feelings
  • Empowers the mother and giving her a sense of accomplishment
  • Is an important bonding experience for mother and her baby
  • Does not cost money
  • Makes travelling easier than needing to prepare bottles and formula

For babies, breast milk…

  • Is the ideal food. It provides all the energy and nutrients that the baby needs for the first months of life, and continue to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutrition needs during the second half of the first year and beyond
  • Is adaptable to the baby’s needs as he grows. The composition and amount available changes.
  • Contains antibodies which help protect against many common childhood illnesses like otitis, respiratory tract infections, gastro, diarrhea, and more
  • Contributes to the development of the brain during the first years of a child's life
  • Is always clean, ready, and at the right temperature
  • Is a renewable and natural food that respects the environment. There is no pollution, packaging, or waste.


Breastfed children are less likely to develop diabetes, to be overweight or obese later in life.


The greater the exclusivity (only breast milk in the first 6 months of baby’s life) and longer the duration of breastfeeding, the better the protection and benefits for the mother and her child.


  • It is recommended that babies are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, without any other liquids or solid foods
  • Breastfeeding is recommended to continue after 6 months for up to 2 years and beyond, with the addition of appropriate foods

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The breastfeeding program provides information and support to breastfeeding mothers, including helping them to ensure successful breastfeeding.

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The  Mashkûpimâtsît Awash program works with parents and young families so that they can improve their living situations.

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