Consider breastfeeding

VCH has an Infant Feeding Policy to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. There are many reasons that breastfeeding is the best choice for most families.

Breast milk is good for your baby because it:

• Is always fresh and ready
• Will help your baby keep a healthy body weight
• May increase protection against illnesses such as childhood diabetes
• Increases protection against ear, chest and stomach infections
• May increase protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
• Helps to prevent constipation

Breastfeeding is good for you because it:

• Promotes closeness and bonding with baby
• Helps the uterus to return to its normal size after birth
• Helps to control bleeding after birth
• Helps to protect you against cancer of the breast and ovary
• Helps you return to a healthy body weight after giving birth

Other benefits of breastfeeding:

• Saves money (formula can be very expensive)
• Saves time (no need to prepare formula and bottles)
• It’s better for the environment (no formula and bottle packages to throw out)

Some things you might not know about breastfeeding:

• You can breastfeed and use birth control at the same time (talk to your health care provider about safe options)
• Your employer must accommodate you if you need to pump breast milk at work