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Feeding Your Baby

Infant Feeding

Breast milk contains everything your baby needs for the first six months of life. The longer a baby is breastfed, the greater the health benefits for both you and your baby. Solid foods can be introduced starting at around six months, when babies show the signs of readiness. Public Health offers services to support healthy infant feeding and introduction of solid foods.

Making an Informed Decision

To help make the best decisions for you and your baby, you need reliable information. More information is available below to help you make an informed decision.

If you have made an informed decision to give your baby breast milk substitute (formula), and would like more information about safe preparation and feeding, call our Child Health CARELine to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Our Programs and Services

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services to help support you in feeding your baby.

Prenatal Education 

Even before your baby is born, parents-to-be can register for our free Prenatal Education Series to learn about parenting, breastfeeding, and labour and birth.

Child Health CARELine

Public Health Nurses are available to answer your questions about infant feeding, parenting, growth and development, and more. Our nurses can also connect you with other programs and services to help support you as a parent.

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

Baby Feeding Drop-In

If you have questions about feeding your baby, you can come to one of our Baby Feeding Drop-Ins for answers and reassurance. No appointment is necessary.

Breastfeeding Consultations

Breastfeeding is natural, but it can take time to learn. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers one-to-one consultations for mothers looking for breastfeeding support. To arrange a breastfeeding consultation, call the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

Infant Feeding Classes

We provide free Infant Feeding Classes in Belleville, Quinte West, Picton and North Hastings, where you can learn more about when and how to start your baby on solid foods.

Other Resources

Need More Information About Feeding Your Baby?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Food and Healthy Eating, Family Health

The Real Cost of Eating Well 2018

PUBLISHED: Wednesday January 31, 2018

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

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