There are many decisions to make during the lifetime of a child. How you feed your baby is one of the many important ones that you will make as a parent. With all of the things to be considered, the information below can help you make an informed decision that is right for you and your baby. At times, parents may feel overwhelmed and need more support in making choices that are right for you and your family. You are not alone and there is support.
If you have any questions or concerns about infant feeding and would like to talk to a Public Health Nurse, please contact us at 416-338-7600 or chat live.
Breastfeeding promotes closeness and bonding of parent and baby. Breast milk is free and convenient, it is available whether you are at home or out. By expressing breast milk feeding duties can be shared by either parent (or caregiver). Breast milk has lactose, protein and fat that are easily digested by a newborn. Breastfeeding is particularly beneficial for premature babies.
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If you have made an informed decision to breastfeed your baby and need more information please visit breastfeeding your baby. Some parents may make the decision to hand express or pump breast milk for their baby. For more information please visit our site about expressing breast milk.
Parents may consider formula feeding their baby for various personal or medical reasons. For parents who cannot breastfeed or have made an informed decision not to, properly prepared commercial infant formula is a safe alternative. If you have made an informed decision to give your baby infant formula and need more information please visit our site about infant formula.