Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Strategies to Support Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding support is complex and multidimensional, and it may include any of the following:

  • providing emotional or psychosocial support;
  • giving reassurance;
  • supplying praise;
  • building self-esteem;
  • offering practical help;
  • giving information through discussion and responses to the individual’s questions;
  • extending social support, including connecting breastfeeding persons to support groups or other networks;
  • increasing a person’s knowledge of the importance of breastfeeding;
  • supporting breastfeeding continuation and countering societal or familial pressures that may undermine breastfeeding confidence or goals; and
  • addressing any myths or misconceptions regarding breast milk and the need for complementary foods for the infant prior to six months of age.  
Women and Children
Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses
Point of Care Resources