Toronto Public Health offers virtual breastfeeding support by video call if needed. 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, with appropriate solid foods, for up to two years or 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.

If you would like a Public Health Nurse to contact you to help with breastfeeding, please complete this form.

Signs Your Baby Is Ready for Solids

  • Hold their head up on their own
  • Sit up in a high chair
  • Open their mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon
  • Turn their face away if they don’t want food
  • Close their lips over the spoon
  • Keep 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 Solid Food

Information and tips about introducing solid food.

Making Your Own Baby Food

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

Food Allergies

Learn about food allergies.