Breastfeeding

Woman in blue top breastfeeding a baby in bed

Contact(s)

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, your baby will be ready for other foods, but you can continue breastfeeding until your child is two years of age or longer.

 Breastfeeding can be challenging and we're here to help!

Breastfeeding clinics and telephone support

To speak to a public health nurse or to make an appointment at a breastfeeding clinic near you, please contact:

  • North Bay and surrounding areas: 705-474-1400 ext. 5351
  • Parry Sound: 705-746-5801
  • Toll free: 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5351
  • Email: healthy.families@healthunit.ca
  • Burk’s Falls: Breastfeeding support clinics are offered at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital by appointment only. Please contact 705-789-2311 ext 2261.
  • For breastfeeding support 24/7, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007)

Breastfeeding peer support program

An experienced breastfeeding mother is matched with a pregnant or new breastfeeding mother to provide support, encouragement and non-medical information by telephone and/or text. To participate or for more information please call:

  • North Bay and surrounding area: 705-474-1400 ext. 5351
  • Toll-free: 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5351

Laugh, Latch and Learn – Breastfeeding Circle

All breastfeeding families are welcome to join the breastfeeding circle on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. located at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre at 171 Chippewa Street in North Bay. 

Breastfeeding peer support volunteers offer group support and help to provide families with the support and information they need to have a positive breastfeeding experience.

Baby Friendly Initiative

With support from community partners, the Health Unit has achieved Baby-Friendly Initiative (“BFI”) status. This means that the Health Unit provides high standards of care for pregnant women and their families by:

  • Welcoming all families
  • Providing all families with information about feeding their babies
  • Promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued for up to two years or longer with the addition of other foods
  • Welcoming breastfeeding anywhere, anytime
  • Making sure staff have up-to-date breastfeeding training
  • Working with our community to support breastfeeding

The initiative is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

If you’re a business owner or employee who would like to create a supportive feeding environment for families please call 705-474-1400 ext 5351. This could include staff education or drafting a breastfeeding policy for staff returning to work following their parental leave.

More general information on becoming baby-friendly

North Bay
Parry Sound
Burk's Falls

345 Oak Street West

705-474-1400

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

705-746-5801

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)

1-800-563-2808