Infants and Children

Healthy eating is important to your child's growth and development. Our healthy eating guidelines can help you make healthy choices and model healthy behaviours for your child.

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Breast milk is the only food or drink your baby needs for the first 6 months. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, when to offer your baby breastmilk and how to know if your baby is getting enough milk. Find tips on what to eat and drink when you are breastfeeding, and when to ask for help from your health care provider. For preterm infants, Perinatal Services BC provides a breastfeeding resource.

Formula Feeding

For babies who cannot be breastfed, commercially bought infant formula is recommended. Learn how to choose infant formula, what equipment is needed for feeding, how often to offer formula, and how to safety store and prepare infant formula.

Baby's First Foods

At 6 months of age, your baby needs more nutrients and is ready to start trying solid foods. Learn how to introduce your baby to solid food and how much food to offer. These resources also provide tips and recipes to help get you started.

Feeding Your Toddler

You can work together with your child to help them to eat well. For tips on how to help toddlers learn to eat a variety of healthy foods, and for meal and snack ideas, click on the links below.

Food Allergy

Food allergy happens when the body mistakes a food as harmful. An allergic reaction is the body's immune system fighting back. To learn more about food allergies and your children, click on the link below.

Food Safety

Learn what steps you can take to help protect your child from food-borne illness and other common food safety issues such as mercury, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, energy drinks, salt, vitamin A, flax seed and oil, and choking hazards.

Useful Websites

Healthy Families BC

The Healthy Families BC website provides useful information on general healthy eating and provides up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers. These resources provide information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, give your baby a good start in life, and support your healthy future together.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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