Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Breastfeeding Duration

Health Canada recommends that children are fed only breast milk until the age of six months, with complementary foods added at that time and continued breastfeeding to two years and beyond.

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) for the years 2007 to 2012 combined, 27% (19.4%, 33.8%) of recent mothers (ages 15 to 55 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported exclusively breastfeeding their last child for at least 6 months. This is similar to what was reported for all of Ontario in those years.

Exclusive breastfeeding rates do not different significantly by education levels or income levels, for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario.