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Infant Nutrition

Informed Decision Making

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.

Please note: Parent Child Drop-ins, Under One Clubs, Baby and Me and Breastfeeding Drop-ins are cancelled until further notice. Please call the Family Health Intake Line at 613-732-3629 ext. 589 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for any questions or concerns. For any questions related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) call RCDHU at 613-732-3629 ext. 977 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit our Novel Coronavirus page.

Breastmilk is the natural food for babies and the only food babies need for the first six months. After six months, breastfeeding is recommended for two years and beyond along with nutritious solid foods.

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.

Parent Child Drop-ins

Spend one-on-one time with a Public Health Nurse and get support, as well as answers, to your questions about feeding your child.

Open to all, no appointment needed.

Parent Child Drop-ins are held regularly in 8 locations. See the Parent Child Drop-ins, Under One Clubs & Baby and Me schedule (PDF 2 pages) or see the calendar for upcoming Parent Child Drop-ins.

Breastfeeding Drop-Ins


  • Every Tuesday, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre (154 Civic Centre Rd)
  • Contact: Heidi Krebsz, NP, 613-687-7641.


  • Every Monday, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the West Champlain Family Health Team (315 Pembroke Street East)
  • No need to be a patient of the West Champlain Family Health Team to attend the drop-in.
  • Contact: Ashley Hanly, RN, 613-735-8651, Ext. 578.

For more information:

Breastfeeding Consultation

See a Public Health Nurse from Renfrew County and District Health Unit for help with breastfeeding.

For more information:

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario provides bilingual 24/7 breastfeeding services.

Breast Pump Rentals & Loans

Arnprior – Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Phone: 613-623-7971
  • Rent or buy

Killaloe – Community Resource Centre

  • Phone: 613-757-3108 or 1-888-757-3108
  • Loan

Ottawa – Birthcare Inc.

  • Phone: 613-739-7370
  • Rent or buy

Pembroke – Mulvihill Drug Mart

  • Phone: 613-735-0161
  • Rent or buy

Renfrew / Arnprior – Gisele Gobeil – ABC Soutien Perinatal Support

  • Phone: 613-831-3180
  • Rent or buy


Online Resources


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 they:

  • hold her head up steadily;
  • can sit up and lean forward;
  • open her mouth wide when you offer food;
  • swallow 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.

To learn more about introducing solid food, come to one of our Baby Food Making workshops.


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Pembroke Office

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

Renfrew Office

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