Informed Decision Making
As a health care provider it is your job to provide individuals and families with information to help them make an informed decision about how they can feed their baby, and support them with their choice. Please review the Informed Decision Making Tip Sheet from BFI Ontario to aid your discussions with parents/caregivers about infant feeding.
Our Programs and Services
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services that can support your patients and their families as they learn to feed their infants.
Child Health CARELine
Public Health Nurses from our Healthy Families team are available to speak with clients by phone or email to answer their questions about infant feeding, parenting, growth and development, and more. Our nurses can also connect clients with other programs and services to help support them as a parent. Call the CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223. You can also email the CARELine at CARELine@hpeph.ca.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it can take time to learn. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers one-to-one support for mothers experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. To refer a mother for a breastfeeding consultation at Public Health, please print and complete the referral form and fax it to 613-966-4363, or email to CARELine@hpeph.ca
Baby Feeding Drop-In
If parents/caregivers have questions about feeding their baby, you can direct them to one of our Baby Feeding Drop-Ins for answers and reassurance. No appointment is necessary.
Infant Feeding Classes
Free Infant Feeding Classes provide the latest information about when and how to start babies on solid foods.