Why is exclusive breast milk feeding important?

Evidence shows that the higher the dose of human milk – especially mother’s own milk – an infant receives, the greater the health benefits.

What does the rate of exclusive breast milk feeding measure?

This chart shows the percent of well babies who received only breast milk (no formula) during their whole newborn hospital stay.

What can you do as a parent or caregiver?

  • Breastfeed, or express your milk, early and often. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Request to speak with a Lactation Specialist.
  • Individual needs and situations can vary, and sometimes healthy, term newborns may need extra feedings other than breastfeeding.
  • Find out more about how we support breastfeeding mothers at Pavilion for Women.