Why Breastfeed

Why Breastfeed? 

Benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mother and baby. Breast milk is the only food your baby needs during the first 6 months.

  • Breast milk is good for your baby because it:

    • Is always fresh and ready
    • Helps lower the risk of overweight and obesity
    • May increase protection against illnesses such as childhood diabetes
    • Increases protection against ear, chest and stomach infections
    • May increase protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also called crib death
    • Helps to prevent constipation
  • Breastfeeding is good for mom because it:

    • Promotes closeness and touching with baby
    • Helps the uterus to return to its' normal size after birth
    • Helps to control bleeding after birth
    • Helps to protect against cancer of the breast and ovary
  • Feeding your baby breast milk is good for families, communities and the environment as it:

    • Saves money as formula can cost a lot
    • Saves time as there is no need to prepare formula and bottles
    • Does not produce any garbage. There are no formula and bottle packages to throw out.

Do you have more questions about parenting?

  • Connect with a registered nurse from Health811 for free, secure, and confidential health advice. Service is available 24/7 in English and French, with translation support also offered in other languages. Call 8-1-1 or visit Health811.ontario.ca.
  • Connect with a Community Navigator from 2-1-1 for information about community programs and resources across Eastern Ontario. Helpline service is available 24/7 and in many different languages. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211ontario.ca.
  • Connect with other parents on the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page.
  • There are a variety of services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa.
  • You can update your child's immunization record using either the CANImmunize App or the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) Tool
  • If you have received a message from Ottawa Public Health such as a letter or a call regarding immunization, an infectious disease, or infection control lapse, please call 613-580-6744 and listen to the menu options carefully.

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