Are you thinking of using infant formula?

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How you feed your baby is an important decision. Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit supports all women and their families by providing fact based information. We want you to have all the information you need to make an “informed decision” that is right for you. Know the Facts – Infant Formula    

Things Aunt Nan Says (About Breastfeeding)

“Formula is just easier than breastfeeding.”  “Formula will help babies sleep longer.”  “Breastfeeding will make your boobs sag.” Aunt Nan has a lot of opinions about breastfeeding that are not true!  Check out our new page at to find out the truth.

Aunt Nan says, “Breastfeeding will make your boobs sag.”

Breastfeeding doesn’t cause breasts to sag – pregnancy does! During pregnancy, hormones cause the ligaments in the woman’s pelvis to relax to allow it to expand during birth. The same hormones also relax the Cooper’s Ligaments, which attach the breasts to the chest wall. Ask around – you probably know someone who fed their baby formula and complains about having … Read More

Aunt Nan says: “Formula is just easier.”

Feeding a baby with formula means boiling water, preparing formula, and cleaning and sterilizing bottles multiple times a day. Since some formula can contain dangerous bacteria for the baby, it is very important that it is prepared properly to lessen the risk for the baby.  It can also be a hassle to lug around a diaper bag with formula, water, … Read More

Aunt Nan says: “Formula-fed babies sleep longer.”

Babies are not supposed to sleep for long periods – and certainly are not supposed to sleep through the night right away. New studies show that babies who have longer periods of deep sleep may be more at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  There is no need to give a baby formula (or rice cereal) before bed to encourage … Read More

Breastfeeding in Chatham-Kent

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For the first six months the only food your baby needs is breastmilk. Come to one of our breastfeeding classes and learn the basics of breastfeeding, including: Importance of breastfeeding Getting started Maintaining breastfeeding Pregnant women, partners and support people are invited. These free classes are located at the Health Unit. To register call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, 519.352.7270 ext. 2903. … Read More