Feeding Babies and Young Children
The choice you make in how you feed your baby is one of the most important ones you will make as a parent. That’s where the HKPR District Health Unit can help.
The Health Unit is a Baby-Friendly Initiative designated organization. A Public Health Nurse can give support to help you make an informed choice on feeding your child that is best for everyone. We also provide a comfortable space to feed your baby at each of our office locations.
Healthy Eating at Every Stage
A positive relationship with food starts early in life with healthy eating habits. How you approach feeding and mealtimes is just as important as what you offer. Read on for feeding tips to support your child’s nutrition, feeding skill development and encourage a healthy relationship with food.
Refer to the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health Prenatal & Infant Nutrition information to learn more!
Choosing a variety of foods when you are pregnant promotes healthy baby growth a varied diet supports the optimal growth and well-being of your baby, ensuring they receive the necessary nutrients for a strong start in life. It also reduces health risks; by embracing a diverse diet, you decrease the likelihood of encountering health issues like low iron levels.
Feeding Baby (6 to 12 months)
Continue to breastfeed for up to two years or more, as long as both you and your child want to.
Continue to give your breastfed infant a vitamin D supplement of 10 µg (400 IU).
At 6 months, breastfeeding is still your baby’s main food source, but it is time to begin adding solid foods.
Speak to a Registered Dietitian by calling the Healthy Families Information and Support Line 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003
Check out our Pregnancy and Feeding Program Support Programs.
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