Breastfeeding and human milk

Woman breastfeeding a baby

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 with our baby-friendly pledge to ensure that all families feel safe and confident feeding their babies.

For more information on infant formula, see nutrition in the first year.

It can be helpful to discuss information found online with health care providers to address concerns or questions.

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*Note: We use the term breastfeeding. Some parents may prefer nursing, chestfeeding, or human milk feeding.