The Canadian Paediatric Society gives permission to print single copies of this document from our website. For permission to reprint or reproduce multiple copies, please see our copyright policy. It was republished in Septemberwith recommendations on infant feeding from birth to six months of age.
Globally, the two leading causes of death for children under 5 years of age are pneumonia and diarrhea, conditions that are also associated with undernourishment. Both conditions can improve with breastfeeding. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding, 4 with decreased risks of premenopausal breast cancer 5ovarian cancer, retained gestational weight gain, T2DM and metabolic syndrome.
A hospital providing maternity services or a community health facility is designated as Baby-Friendly if it meets the criteria for achieving the Ten Steps and adheres to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and sustained for up to 2 years or longer with appropriate complementary feedings. Download the alternative format PDF format, 2.
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Dietitians of Canada partners with other health professional organizations and Health Canada to develop evidence-based guidance on feeding infants and toddlers and monitoring their growth and development. The positions of Dietitians of Canada DC on feeding infants and young children are contained in the following Joint and endorsed Statements:. Dietitians of Canada supports implementation of the policies and practices of the Baby-Friendly Initiative BFI for hospitals and community health services.
Manitoba promotes, supports, and protects breastfeeding. The Baby Friendly Initiative is:. We pledge to support breastfeeding families and follow the baby friendly steps.
An Icelandic Member of Parliament breastfed her baby while delivering a speech in Parliament recently. No one reacted to her breastfeeding, because in Iceland, breastfeeding is the cultural norm. The mother stated that this was the most natural thing in the world.
The Baby-Friendly Initiative BFI is a global, evidence-based campaign that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding in order to increase the health and well-being of all children and families. BFI recognizes that breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for mothers and infants, and that families need to be supported to make informed feeding decisions without the influence of formula marketing. All health units in Ontario have been mandated to implement the Baby-Friendly Initiative. Other health organizations such as hospitals, community health centres and family health teams are also being encouraged to adopt these best practices for prenatal and postpartum care.