Make an Informed Decision about Feeding your Baby
To make an informed decision about feeding your baby, you need to know about the
health impacts of both breastfeeding and formula feeding on mother and baby.
Breastfeeding matters to your baby’s health because it:
- supports a healthy digestive system
- promotes normal jaw and tooth development
- promotes healthy brain development
- provides resistance to illness and disease, including
food allergies and digestive disease
Breastfeeding matters to mom’s health because it:
- controls postpartum bleeding
- promotes bone health
- promotes resistance to breast, ovarian, and uterine
- supports the natural health of mom’s body
Risks of Formula Feeding
Formula fed infants are at greater risk of:
- ear, chest, and urinary tract infections
- digestive distress - inflammation of the digestive tract,
Crohn’s disease, colitis, diarrhea
- food allergies
- SIDS – sudden infant death syndrome
- tooth decay
- childhood illnesses and health problems
Mothers who do not breastfed are at greater risk of:
- postpartum bleeding
- cancer of the breast, ovaries, and uterus
- brittle bones
Once breastfeeding is stopped and artificial feeding
(using formula and a bottle) has been started, it can be
difficult to start breastfeeding again.
If formula is the choice for feeding, our formula feeding resource will provide accurate and
reliable information on feeding formula to your baby in a safe way.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
458 Laurier Blvd.
Brockville, ON K6V 7A3
Health ACTION Line (toll free) - 1-800-660-5853
LGL Health Unit - Babies & Children Website