Breast feeding is the ordinary and unequaled strategy for feeding newborn children. Health Canada advances breastfeeding - solely for the initial six months, and supported for up to two years or more with fitting corresponding nourishing - for the nourishment, immunologic assurance, development, and improvement of newborn children and babies.
Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production. Predominant breastfeeding means that the infants predominant source of nourishment has been breast milk (including milk expressed or from a wet nurse as the predominant source of nourishment). However, the infant may also have received liquids (water and water-based drinks, fruit juice) ritual fluids and ORS, drops or syrups (vitamins, minerals and medicines).