Breastfeeding and human milk

Woman breastfeeding an infant

Human milk is the first traditional food for babies. Northern Health protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding* as the normal way to feed babies. We are putting steps into place to ensure that all families feel safe and confident feeding their babies. Learn more about our baby-friendly pledge to families (PDF).

This page offers information and resources below for parents, families, and community partners who want to learn more about breastfeeding and human milk.

It can be helpful to discuss with health care providers any information and resources found online to address concerns or questions that may be arising.

If you are looking for more information on infant formula (human milk substitutes), please see nutrition in the first year.

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* Note: Throughout this webpage, we use the term breastfeeding. Some parents may prefer to use the word nursing, chestfeeding, or human milk feeding.