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Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond.
If you have questions and need more information about infant feeding, please speak with a health care professional.
The following are excellent resources to answer your questions about breastfeeding and parenting:
"The video, called The Creator’s Gift to Mothers, was developed to encourage young women and families in our communities to breastfeed their babies. It provides information about the benefits of nourishing our children as our kokums did."
Video and quote from: http://www.shibogama.on.ca/?q=node/81
Infant Formula Preparation
It’s important to make an informed decision about feeding your baby. Speak with a healthcare provider if you have questions.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding starting around six months.
If you made an informed decision to formula feed your baby, choose an iron-fortified cow’s milk-based commercial infant formula, unless otherwise advised by your health care provider.
You must be careful to prepare formula safely or your baby can get sick. It’s best to make each bottle of formula fresh and use it right away. Sterilization of Feeding Equipment (bottles, nipples, rims, etc.) is recommended as long as your baby is drinking Formula.
We do not recommend using automatic formula preparation machines to prepare formula, as they do not use water hot enough to kill bacteria in powdered formula. Bacteria can cause serious illness in infants.
Disclaimer: This video is not intended to be shown when ready-to-feed formula is used. The measurements used in this video are not accurate and for educational/display purposes only. Use the instructions you have been given by your healthcare provider or infant formula manufacturer (whichever applies) to measure the right amounts of formula concentrate and water for your baby.
Booklet - Best Start Ontario resource How to Formula Feed your Baby
Recovering from Childbirth
- Taking Care of Your Body
- Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Program
- Our policy on Postpartum Tubal Ligations: All individuals have the right to decide the number and spacing of children, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, health status, mental capacity, social circumstances and sexual orientation. Any request for tubal ligation must be accompanied by full, free and informed consent. The best time to make a decision about permanent birth control is not while in hospital, in labour, immediately following delivery, or during the birth process.
- In order to facilitate full, free and informed consent, this discussion must occur prior to hospitalization between the patient and her care provider; documentation of said discussions must be included on the patient’s prenatal record.
Infant Care and Safety
Contraception, also known as birth control, is used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different birth control methods. You may be starting with a pretty good idea of what you are looking for, or you may not be sure where to start. Here is a list of methods to consider.