According to regional health authorities, the breastfeeding initiation rate in hospitals for 2013 in the province was 70%. (Source: Provincial Neonatal Screening Program Feb 2014)
72.4% of women start breastfeeding in hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador (PPNL, 2015).
Research suggests that breastfeeding provides some protection for the mother against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and weak bones later in life.
Many people know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding. However, the research is growing that shows that there are also risks of not breastfeeding. The following fast facts highlight the growing number of benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the risks associated with not breastfeeding your baby.
Fathers or partners and the wider family are part of the mother's social environment and have a role in supporting breastfeeding, especially for longer durations (AAFP, 2008). They need information about breastfeeding, answers to their questions, and clarification about any myths or misconceptions (AAFP, 2008).