72.4% of women start breastfeeding in hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador (PPNL, 2015).
Breastfeeding offers some protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death.
Across Canada, almost 89% of women start breastfeeding. (Statistics Canada, CCHS 2011- 2012).
Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years or more with the introduction of nutrient rich complementary foods from the age of six months.
Breastmilk contains important antibodies that help prevent diseases and infections (e.g., middle ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea and vomiting, and juvenile diabetes).
Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies (if there is a family history of allergies).