Breastfeeding in Canada: Infographic
- Breastfeeding initiation rates in Canada have increased
- less than 25% in 1965 vs. 90% in 2015/16
- The most common reasons mothers give for stopping breastfeeding before 6 months are
- not enough milk
- difficulty with breastfeeding technique
- In 2011/12, over half (57%) of mothers who breastfed continued some breastfeeding beyond 6 months.
- Close to 25% of women stop breastfeeding before their infant is one month old.
- Breastfeeding rates also vary across the country along a general west-to-east gradient. In 2011/12, breastfeeding initiation ranged from 96% in British Columbia and Yukon to 57% in Newfoundland and Labrador.
21 hospitals, 8 birthing centres and 117 community centres are designated as Baby-Friendly facilities in Canada.
Globally only 10% of infants are born in a hospital designated Baby-Friendly.
A hospital providing maternity services or a community health facility is designated as Baby-Friendly if it meets the criteria for achieving the Ten Steps and adheres to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
For references consult Chapter 6: Breastfeeding: Public Health Agency of Canada. Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines. Ottawa (ON): PHAC; 2018
Organization: Public Health of Canada
- Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines
- Preface - Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines
- Chapter 1: Family-centred maternity and newborn care in Canada: Underlying philosophy and principles
- Chapter 2: Preconception care
- Chapter 4: Care during labour and birth
- Chapter 6: Breastfeeding
- Fact sheets and infographics: Maternity and newborn care
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: