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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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.