Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Feeding our Children

In the NWT, breastfeeding is supported and promoted as the ideal way to provide the nutrition babies need. 

  • Breastfeeding is a traditional practice that has been passed down from generation to generation.
  • Breast milk is the only food or drink that all babies need for the first 6 months. 
  • Breastfeeding can be continued for 2 years and beyond, even as solid foods are introduced at 6 months of age.
  • As babies grow, the mother’s breast milk changes to meet the baby's needs, with the right amounts of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals and fluids.
  • Breast milk protects against many types of infections and diseases, such as those that cause ear infection.
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that breastfeeding has protective effects against obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes during adulthood.
  • Benefits for the mother include a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight, a reduction in the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type II diabetes and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding produces less waste and is more economical.

To learn more about breastfeeding, see:

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