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IWK Health promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding. 

The nurses that work on the Family & Newborn Care Unit can assist you with breastfeeding while you are in the hospital.


Why breastfeed? 

  • Parent’s own milk is the best nutrition and provides specific immune protection for the baby.
  • Breast milk contains a wide variety of nutrients, antibodies, hormones, and growth factors that support growth and development.
  • Breast milk coats and protects the gastrointestinal tract and decreases the risk or severity of bowel disease known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).  
  • Breast milk promotes the maturation of the gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Breast milk is easily digested and well tolerated.
  • Breast milk positively affects long term neurodevelopment.
  • Breast milk decreases the risk of many other health outcomes such as diabetes, allergies and asthma.
  • Breast milk prevents exposure to large volumes of cows’ milk protein found in formula

Skin to skin

Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with parents is recommended immediately after birth:

  • ideally until your baby has had a first feed
  • for at least one hour
  • continued during the newborn period
  • partners are also able to provide skin-to-skin 

Electric Breast Pump Rentals

Electric breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies are available at a number of local pharmacies.




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