Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice
First 24 Hours
Care of Yourself
Days to 6 Weeks
Weeks to 6 Months
Months to 24 Months
and Lifestyle Habits
Building Your Support Team
Breastfeeding is a smart strategy for busy parents and
adoptive parents. Breastfeeding provides for a physical
relationship which nurtures and protects your baby’s health
Almost all mothers can breastfeed, even if they have not
given birth. You will need support. It takes time to move
from the intensity of learning how to feed your baby in the first
months to the ease of breastfeeding your older baby. Each mother’s
sources of support will be different.
Building your support team at home:
Your partner, a relative or friend can play an important role
- Protecting your time to rest and recover; limiting visitors
- Caring for the baby in other ways while you focus on the feedings
- Caring for the older children
- Doing the cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and cooking
- Supporting you to continue nursing your baby as the baby gets
older, and as you go back to work or school
- Introducing the baby to solid foods when the baby shows signs
Health professionals trained and knowledgeable about breastfeeding
can help with learning to breastfeed and dealing with difficulties.
These include your public health nurse, midwife, or family doctor.
They can work with you to identify the problem, or refer you to
a lactation consultant or breastfeeding centre.
A lactation consultant (LC) is a trained professional
with expertise in breastfeeding challenges such as:
- a breastfeeding problem that does not respond to simple measures.
- inducing lactation if you are planning to breastfeed an adopted
- relactating if your baby has weaned too soon and you want to
or need to go back to breastfeeding.
Contact your health care provider for a referral to an LC.
If a lactation consultant is not available, contact a La Leche
League leader for help from their organization.
Some mother find a lack of support for the importance of
breastfeeding to two years and beyond.
It is helpful to find someone who understands the value of breastfeeding
a toddler. A friend, or another breastfeeding mother, a La Leche
League leader or lactation consultant could be that person to turn
to. You may need help to deal with pressures to wean that comes
when: your baby begins to have teeth, learns to eat solid foods
or use a cup, turns one year old, starts to walk or talk, or when
you go back to work or school.
You can find resources in your community:
Try to get to know at least one other breastfeeding mother, either
in your community, at work or through the internet. You can share
stories and learn ways to deal with the work of breastfeeding and
the pressures to wean.
Places to meet mothers include:
- Prenatal classes or parenting classes are a great place to meet
- Join an existing group such as La Leche League. Groups meet
monthly with accredited Leaders. See www.LLLC.ca
- Facebook groups or other internet sites.
It takes a breastfeeding friendly community to support
breastfeeding to two years.
Mothers need support from:
- staff in clinics and emergency wards, shops, malls, airports,
- staff in leisure centers, swimming pools and libraries,
- waiters in restaurants and food courts,
- employers, supervisors, co-workers, union members.
You have right to breastfeed your child in any public space. No
one should ask you to “cover up,” no one should disturb
you, or ask you to move to another area that is more “discreet.”
You also have a right to ask for support from your employer when
you go back to work. our right to breastfeed is protected by the
Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. You can contact Saskatoon Breastfeeding
Matters if you need help.
|Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is a
national and global challenge held every year at the start of
World Breastfeeding Week. It is held on the last Saturday of
September or at the first Saturday of October. It is a celebration
event that brings women together to nurse in a public space.