The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) supports, promotes, and protects breastfeeding by implementing the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada’s Baby-Friendly Initiative.
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Many different hormonal forms of birth control have a negative impact on breastfeeding and can lower a mother’s milk supply. For a mother who is exclusively breastfeeding, an excellent form of birth control is the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM).
Your right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This article covers what you can eat when you're breastfeeding, alcohol use during pregnancy and medication.
According to Health Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society (2014), it’s recommended to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months with appropriate introduction of solid foods. Continued breastfeeding is encouraged for up to two years or longer.
Breastfeeding statistics for Windsor and Essex County are presented.
Our Healthy Families Hotline provides information and resources related to pregnancy and children from birth to 6 years of age.
You should start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. Here are a list of benefits to breastfeeding, as well as common questions a Mom new to breastfeeding may ask.
A list of breastfeeding resources.