Breastfeeding is the normal and unequalled method of feeding infants. Health Canada promotes breastfeeding - exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding - for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers.
Health Canada undertook a joint process with the Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada to review and update its evidence-informed infant feeding recommendations for health professionals in Canada (Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants). Revised recommendations for infants and young children from birth to six months and six to 24 months are now available.
The project was supported by the Infant Feeding Expert Advisory Group. Health Canada also sought valuable input from stakeholders through open consultations.
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