Toronto Public Health offers breastfeeding support by telephone, video calls and/or in-person breastfeeding clinic appointments. If you would like a Public Health Nurse to contact you to help with breastfeeding and/or coping after having a baby,  please complete this online form.

Your Baby’s First Food

Leading health authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age and continued breastfeeding, along with the appropriate introduction of solid foods, for up to two years and beyond. A baby who is breastfed or receiving breast milk should receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 µg (400 IU).

Parents may choose to formula feed their baby for various personal or medical reasons. For parents who cannot breastfeed or have made an informed decision not to, properly prepared commercial infant formula is a safe alternative. For more information, please visit our page about infant formula.

If you have questions about feeding your infant, support is available through eChat.

Signs Your Baby Is Ready for Solids

  • Holds their head up on their own
  • Sits up in a high chair
  • Opens their mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon
  • Turns their face away if they don’t want food
  • Closes their lips over the spoon
  • Keeps the food in their mouth and swallow it instead of pushing it out

Make sure your baby shows most of these signs of readiness before you introduce solid foods.

Introducing Complementary Food

Information and tips about introducing complementary food.

Making Your Own Baby Food

Learn about how to make your own baby food at home.

Food Allergies

Learn about food allergies.