Breastfeeding your baby

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Health professionals the world over recommend that babies be fed breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life. The Canadian Paediatric Society, Dieticians of Canada, and Health Canada all echo this recommendation. Once babies have started eating solid foods, it is recommended that they continue breastfeeding until the age of two years or more.

If you have COVID-19 and you want to breastfeed, you will need to take certain precautions. Wash your hands before feeding your child. Wear a face covering while feeding, preferably a medical mask.

If you have COVID-19 and are already breastfeeding, it is recommended that you continue to do so. The same precautions are required: wash your hands before feeding your baby. Wear a face covering while feeding, preferably a medical mask.