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Why breast-feed?

Tiny Tot to Toddler guide

Breast milk is the only milk that is adapted to babies' needs. No other product compares. Exclusive breast-feeding up to the age of 6 months, which means only feeding babies breast milk and not even water, provides everything needed for their health, growth and development. At the age of 6 months, it is recommended that breast-feeding be continued with the gradual introduction of appropriate and complementary foods to meet a child's growing needs.

Be confident!

The first weeks after the birth of a child are a period of adaptation. You're beginning a new life with a new baby whom you're getting to know and starting to breast-feed. Help is available: get information, get prepared, and take any help that people offer. Above all—have confidence! And rest assured: after the initial period of 4 to 8 weeks, breast-feeding will seem easy.

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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

The importance of support

If you need advice or help or simply don't want to feel alone, surround yourself with people who will support your breast-feeding experience. Whether this includes support from your family or friends, professionals from the health and social services network, volunteers from community agencies or lactation consultants, don't hesitate to ask for help. Getting support can transform your experience, especially if you have setbacks.

Source: From Tiny Tot to Toddler—From Pregnancy to Age Two (INSPQ, 2014)

Breast-feeding resources

Nourri-Source Montréal - La route du lait

Nourri-Source Montréal's mission is to aid breastfeeding mothers by offering phone support with a specially paired, volunteer sponsor. Over 200 experienced and trained breastfeeding sponsors are involved in supporting, encouraging, and equipping mothers and their families.

Fédération Nourri-Source 

The Nourri-Source Federation encompasses local Nourri-Source groups whose primary goal is to support breastfeeding. Close to 750 experienced volunteer support mothers choose to imply themselves with the organisation to help favour and support breastfeeding. 

Nourri-Source aims to help mothers improve their assurance in breastfeeding a greater autonomy by supporting them and encouraging them in their roles as well as their breastfeeding experience. This support is done with respect to each woman, their physical and environmental limits and in harmony with their personal values. Nourri-Source’s ultimate goal is to help break the isolation experienced in the perinatal period so that the breastfeeding experience can be positive for all mothers who choose such a beautiful, healthy and natural gesture.

Ligue La Leche

The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the child and mother.

  • Ligue La Leche
  • 1-866-255-2483 (1-866-ALLAITER)
  • 514 990-8917
  • Service in English : 514 842-4780

Association Québécoise des Consultantes en Lactation Diplomées de l'IBLCE

To promote the profession of IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, to the public that we serve as well as the in the health care system that we work in.

The IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants - Lactation Consultants certified by the IBLCE) are health practitioners who have fulfilled the eligibility requirements and have passed an international review. They have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality assistance to babies and mothers in breastfeeding. They work in hospitals, CIUSSS, community organizations, pharmacies, clinics specializing in breastfeeding, private clinics and also may provide home visits.

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2015.12.08