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Infant Nutrition

How you feed your baby is an important and personal decision. Making an informed decision means understanding the risks and benefits of all your options.

Breastmilk is the only food for babies until they are about 6 months old. After six months, breastfeeding is recommended for two years and beyond along with nutritious solid foods.  Breastfeeding:

  • Protects your baby from many infections and illnesses
  • Builds healthy eating habits
  • Promotes proper jaw development
  • Promotes healthy brain development.

For personal or medical reasons, some families make an informed decision to use formula.

If you have decided to formula feed your baby and need information on how to prepare it safely, see our Food Safety page.

Resources

Kellymom: What should I know about infant formula

Breastmilk is the natural food for babies and the only food babies need for the first 6 months. Some women have challenges breastfeeding, particularly in the early days. We want you to be successful!  If you need support, advice, reassurance, or would like to connect with other breastfeeding moms there are lots of resources for you.

Breastfeeding drop-in

Get answers to questions and support from a Lactation Consultant/Public Health Nurse, and connect with other breastfeeding moms at a Breastfeeding Drop-in

Breastfeeding consultation

To see a Lactation Consultant/Public Health Nurse at Renfrew County and District Health Unit for help with breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding Buddies

A breastfeeding Buddy is a mother who has breastfed and can provide telephone support to new or expectant mothers. To get connected with a breastfeeding Buddy, call the Ontario Early Years Centre (Pembroke) at 613-735-6866 extension 4129.

Breast Feeding Buddies Poster

Telehealth Ontario breastfeeding advice

Telehealth Ontario provides 24/7 breastfeeding advice. Call 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007.

Breast Pump Rentals & Loans

Arnprior – Shoppers Drug Mart

613-623-7971

Rent or Buy

Killaloe – Community Resource Centre

613-757-3108 or 1-888-757-3108

Loan

Ottawa – Birthcare Inc.

613-739-7370

Rent or Buy

Pembroke – Mulvihill Drug Mart

613-735-0161

Rent or Buy

Renfrew / Arnprior – Gisele Gobeil – ABC Soutien Perinatal Support

613-831-3180

Rent or Buy

Resources

10 Great Reasons to breastfeed Your Baby

Breastfeeding Matters 

Tips for getting breastfeeding off to a good start

Websites

Renfrew County Breastfeeds for local breastfeeding resources and information.

Bilingual Ontario Online Breastfeeding Services allows you to search for breastfeeding services near you.

Breastfeeding Information for Parents is an online breastfeeding course.

Motherisk provides safety information and helplines for expectant and breastfeeding mothers.

Your baby is ready to start solid foods at about six months of age. Your baby does not need teeth to start eating solid food.  You will know your child is ready when she:

  • Holds her head up steadily
  • Can sit up and lean forward
  • Opens her mouth wide when you offer food
  • Swallows food instead of pushing it out
  • Can let you know when she is full (e.g., turns head away)
  • Can pick up food and try to put it in his mouth

Come to a baby food making workshop.

Resources

Best Start Resource Centre – Feeding Your Baby – A guide to help you introduce solid foods

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TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000