Did you know?
Breastfeeding helps the mother and child in every aspect of Miyupimaatisiiun (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development)
BREASTFEEDING HAS MANY BENEFITS
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 MORE BREASTFEEDING, THE BETTER
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.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED
- 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
October 1 – 7, 2021 is World Breastfeeding Week and is recognized across Canada. Breastfeeding has many benefits for babies, families, and the community – including dental health.