Across Canada, almost 89% of women start breastfeeding. (Statistics Canada, CCHS 2011- 2012).
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)
Breastfeeding offers some protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death.
Breastmilk contains special fatty acids not found in formula that help your baby’s brain to develop and boost brain power.
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).
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