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:
- Breastfeeding Basics
- Baby Friendly Initiative
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Learning from Mothers, Grandmothers, and Great-Grandmothers about Breastfeeding in the NWT
You can also visit the following websites for additional resources: