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 on how to feed their baby, and support them with their choice.
Please visit the Informed Decision Making Tip Sheet from BFI Ontario to aid your discussions with clients about infant feeding.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Programs and Services
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services that can support the families you work with to feed their infants.
Child Health CARELine
Public Health Nurses from our Child and Reproductive Health Program are available to speak with clients by phone 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 is natural, but it can take time to learn. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers one-to-one support for mothers experiencing breastfeeding challenges.
To arrange a breastfeeding consultation, call the Child Health CARELine.
Baby Feeding Drop-In
If clients 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. Visit our Baby Feeding Drop-In page for information on times and locations.
Infant Feeding Classes
Free Infant Feeding Classes provide the latest information about when and how to start babies on solid foods. Visit our Infant Feeding Classes page for more information.
Breastmilk Substitute (Formula) Safety
If your clients have made an informed decision to feed their infant formula, they need information and support to prepare and store it safely.
Clients can contact the Child Health CARELine for resources and support on how to feed prepare and store formula safely.