• We support the infant feeding choices of all families.
  • We provide families with information about feeding their babies.
  • We have a policy that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding. Our staff are trained to follow this policy.
  • We inform pregnant women and their families about the importance of breastfeeding.
  • We encourage mothers and families to hold and feed their babies using safe skin-to-skin as much as possible.
  • We support mothers and families to feed their babies breast milk only for the first six months and to continue to breastfeed adding solid foods at six months.
  • We work with our community partners to support breastfeeding in the City of Toronto.
  • We do not give out infant formula, bottles, nipples, or pacifiers.
  • We welcome mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere on City of Toronto property.

Why Baby-Friendly?

The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) is a global program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The aim of this program is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Baby-Friendly hospitals and community health services are committed to provide a high standard of care in relation to infant feeding for all pregnant women and new families.

As of January 2013, Toronto Public Health is the largest Health Unit in Canada to receive the BFI designation. This means our staff are trained to support breastfeeding families as well as families who have made an informed decision to formula feed their babies.

For more information about the Baby-Friendly Initiative, please visit:

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