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Feeding Your Baby

Health Canada announced on May 12, 2022 that Canada is currently experiencing a shortage of infant formulas for infants with food allergies and certain medical conditions. The formulas affected by this shortage include extensively hydrolyzed formulas and amino acid-based formulas. Please note that there is no current shortage of regular infant formula in Canada.

Fact Sheet for Families and Caregivers: Health Canada has recently updated their website with a fact sheet for families and caregivers during the shortage of formula for infants with food allergies. Individuals with additional questions or concerns should contact their health care provider for more information.

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 email the CARELine at CARELine@hpeph.ca.

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

Community Food Assessment

PUBLISHED: Wednesday November 18, 2020

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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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.