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Breastfeeding at 2 months & beyond

"Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants."--World Health Organization

Teething baby. Many mothers worry that once their baby has teeth, he will bite or chew on the nipple.

Don't worry about this. If your baby bites, your natural reaction will be to take the baby off the breast. This will likely discourage further biting.

Taking birth control. Breastfeeding and birth control are compatible. Ideally, for your health and the health of another child, allow at least 18 months between the birth of one child and the conception of another. You and your partner have several reliable birth control options to choose from.

Speak to your health care provider to see what's best for you. For more information, see pg. 38 of the Breastfeeding Matters booklet by Best Start or contact a Public Health Nurse.