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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Infant Feeding

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 text 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 text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

Breastfeeding Consultations

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.

Additional Resources for Health Care Professionals

Need More Information About Infant Feeding?

Call the CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.