To get the healthiest start in life, it is recommended that babies get only breastmilk for the first 6 months of life. At six months, babies can start iron-rich healthy foods while breastfeeding continues for up to 2 years and beyond.
Many infants and young children are breastfeeding or receiving breastmilk when they are in a daycare setting. Quality child care includes supporting the success and continuation of breastfeeding for the best possible health of the family. For more information about the how your daycare can support breastfeeding, please see the Canadian Child Care Federation resource sheet Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care.
Daycare providers should have a comfortable space available where mothers can breastfeed their child. Families may also provide the daycare with expressed breastmilk to be given to their child while at the child care setting. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control webpage about safe handling, preparation and storage of expressed breastmilk for more information.
If you have questions or need breastfeeding resources for your daycare, please contact Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at 519-631-9900 and ask to speak with a Public Health Nurse.