Breastfeeding FAQ

Have questions about breastfeeding? Our frequently asked questions page might be able to answer them.


How long should I breastfeed?

The recommendation is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding. This recommendation is supported by the Timiskaming Health Unit, Health Canada, Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada


What about Vitamin D?

All babies need Vitamin D. Babies who receive breastmilk need to be given 400iu of Vitamin D daily until they are 12 months of age. This is available at pharmacies.


When can I start offering my baby solid food?

At six months. Please see our Healthy Eating for Babies section for more information.


What about medications?

There are only a few medications that impact on breastfeeding. Please visit Motherisk or talk to your health care provider, or pharmacist for more information on a specific medication.


What about alcohol?

Alcohol can reach your baby through your breastmilk. If you decide to drink alcohol it is best not to breastfeed for at least 2 hours per drink. For more information visit Motherisk or talk to your health care provider.


What about smoking?

Even if you smoke, breastfeeding is still good for your baby. However, second hand smoke can be harmful for your baby’s health and it’s best to not smoke around him or her. If you are ready to quit or want more information please visit this page. Here are some more tips to consider:

  • Smoke outside the house.
  • Smoke after you breastfeed.
  • Wash your hands after smoking.
  • Change your clothes after smoking.