Southern Health-Santé Sud believes breastfeeding is good for the health of the population as a whole. We protect, support, and promote breastfeeding through our contact with parents and their infants, as well as with groups and communities. Many health authorities including, the World Health Organization, the Canadian Pediatric Society,  Dietitians of Canada and Health Canada recommend that:

  • Babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months
  • Begin offering nutritious solid foods at 6 months of age
  • Breastfeeding continues for 2 years or longer

As a parent, you may have questions about how to feed your baby. We want to support you to make an informed decision.


We encourage you and your family to ask questions and have your concerns addressed.  Good information and support will help you meet your goals. As a starting point:

Getting Started with Breastfeeding

Hold your baby skin to skin. Put your baby to the breast early and often to help your baby learn how to breastfeed. At birth, the breastfeeding parent produces colostrum, which contains precious antibodies. Baby-led latching and watching for your baby’s feeding cues helps to establish a good milk supply. Your baby will need to feed often in the early weeks; 8 or more times in 24 hours.

 Breastfeeding Positions

 There are many ways to hold a baby to breastfeed. It is important that:

  • You are comfortable while feeding
  • Baby is close to your body facing the breast
  • Baby’s nose is opposite your nipple as you start to latch
  • Baby’s head, neck, and body are in a straight line
  • Baby’s head is free to tilt backwards as they come to the breast

How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

Your baby should feed at least 8 times in a 24-hour period. They should have a strong lusty cry and wake on their own to feed. Your baby should have enough wet or dirty diapers according to their age

Help with Breastfeeding

For advice and support, contact your local Public Health Nurse. Breastfeeding support is available 24 hours a day through the provincial hotline 204-788-8667 or toll free at Health Links-Info Santé 888-315-9257.