Breastfeeding

There are a wide variety of breastfeeding resources available, both in our community and in the wider, world-wide web community.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the natural food for babies

  • It contains everything your baby needs.
  • Babies need only breast milk for the first six months.
  • Around six months, babies begin to eat solids and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.
  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from many infections and illnesses.
  • Breastfeeding promotes bonding between you and your baby.
  • Breastfeeding promotes healthy brain development.
  • Breastfeeding protects mother's health too, reducing the risk of diabetes and cancer.

Starting out…

  • Learn about breastfeeding before baby arrives. Take a class, attend a La Leche League meeting, read books or view a video.
  • Put your baby to breast as soon as possible after delivery and as often as possible in the first few weeks.
  • The more you breastfeed, the more milk there will be.
  • Seek help for success.

Breastfeeding at the Brantford General

We can help you learn all you need to know to make this experience a successful one.

We have nurses on staff who are certified in breastfeeding and/or are lactation consultants. When they are on duty, patients can request access to our lactation consultants. We welcome any questions.

Breastfeeding programs in our community

  • Expectant parents can learn about the importance of breastfeeding at the Preparing for Parenting class which is offered through the Brant County Health Unit. For information, or to register, call 519-753-4737, ext. 463.
  • A Public Health Nurse contacts all new mothers in Brantford and Brant County. Mothers who have questions or concerns about their baby, including breastfeeding issues, are offered a home visit.
  • Public Health Nurses are available to provide information and support to families at a Family Drop-In Program at various locations in Brantford.  For information about Drop-In Programs, you can call 519-753-4937, ext. 482.
  • A Public Health Nurse is available to provide telephone advice from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The HBHC Family Line can be reached at 519-753-4937, ext. 482.
  • A Public Health Nurse is available for one-on-one breastfeeding assistance on Friday mornings at the Ontario Early Years Centre, 30 Bell Lane from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • The La Leche League offers 24 hour support over the telephone. For more information call Joy Allen at 519-757-1254 or call La Leche League Canada at 1-800-665-4324 to find a group nearest you.
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Breastfeeding Links

 
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