Breastfeeding your baby

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Health professionals the world over recommend that babies be fed breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life. The Canadian Paediatric Society, Dieticians of Canada, and Health Canada all echo this recommendation. Once babies have started eating solid foods, it is recommended that they continue breastfeeding until the age of two years or more.

If you have COVID-19, breastfeeding is still recommended. However, you will need to take certain precautions. COVID-19 is contagious for 10 days. During this period, wear a face covering (preferably a medical mask), while feeding. Always wash your hands before feeding your child.