October 1 – 7, 2021 is World Breastfeeding Week and is recognized across Canada. Breastfeeding has many benefits for babies, families, and the community – including dental health.
World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity to learn more about the many benefits of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the natural continuation of pregnancy, and ensures the healthy development of a newborn. Breastfeeding has many proven health benefits for mothers and babies, including helping to prevent diabetes, providing the perfect nutrition for babies, and strengthening the bond between mother and child. Breastmilk is clean, ready to use, and always the perfect temperature.
Did you know?
Breastfeeding also helps promote dental health naturally.
Breastfeeding assists the healthy development of a child's face and mouth. It helps position teeth correctly and prevent cavities. It may reduce the use of a pacifier during childhood, which can cause problems such as a narrow mouth or protruding teeth. It also aids the proper development of the respiratory tract and helps prevent ear infections.
The Cree Health Board recommends that:
- Babies are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, without any other liquids or solid foods
- Breastfeeding can then continue after 6 months, for up to 2 years and beyond, with the addition of appropriate healthy foods.
Baby Friendly Initiative
Through the implementation of the World Health Organization's "Baby Friendly Initiative", breastfeeding program activities aim to create communities in Eeyou Istchee that encourage, protect and support breastfeeding.
You can get this service by contacting your local CMC.