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Nurturing Little Ones: A Guide to Infant Feeding in Ottawa

Rooted Family Team
April 11, 2024


Welcoming a new baby into the family is a joyous occasion, accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions and responsibilities. One of the most crucial aspects of caring for a newborn is ensuring they receive proper nutrition. In this blog, we'll delve into the essentials of infant feeding, offering insights and tips to support parents on this rewarding journey.

Understanding Infant Nutrition:

From the moment they enter the world, infants rely on breast milk or formula to meet their nutritional needs. Breastfeeding is often recommended as the optimal choice, providing essential nutrients and antibodies that promote immunity and healthy development. However, formula feeding is a suitable alternative for caregivers who are unable to breastfeed or choose not to. We are strong believers in that "fed is best" and we offer a judgement free space with a wide range of services geared to help you achieve your feeding goals.

Examples of Breast Pumps

Breastfeeding Benefits:

The benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond mere nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies and enzymes that bolster a baby's immune system, protecting them from infections and illnesses. Additionally, the bonding experience between caregiver and child during breastfeeding fosters a sense of security and emotional connection. If the baby is unable to latch at the breast or the caregiver prefers not to breastfeed, breast milk can alternatively be pumped and offered to the baby in a bottle. Read more on choosing a breast pump here. Interested in knowing more about how a caregivers nutritional intake can affect their breastmilk? Book with our Nutritionist. For personalized advice or help with a specific breastfeeding concern, you can consult with our lactation consultants or our infant feeding support physiotherapist.


Formula Feeding Essentials:

For parents who opt for formula feeding, there are various types available, including cow's milk-based, soy-based, and hypoallergenic formulas designed for infants with specific dietary needs or sensitivities. If you are unsure which of these is best for your family, you can always consult with your family doctor or a lactation consultant. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions for preparing and storing formula to ensure your baby receives the necessary nutrients safely. Some babies may even need a change their formula if signs of intolerance start to happen.

Formula Feeding

Introducing Solid Foods:

Most care providers will suggest waiting until 6 months to introduce solids so the baby's digestive system is mature enough to digest. Around this age, infants typically begin to show signs of readiness for solid foods. These signs include sitting up independently, showing interest in food, and displaying the ability to swallow. There are a few different ways to introduce solids, some families are practising baby-led weaning or offering pureed foods. It is suggested that you start with proteins, veggies and fruit. And remember - always monitor your baby for signs of allergies or intolerance when introducing new foods. If you have further questions or would like advice on a particular situation, you can always book with our Lactation Consultants or our Pediatric Occupational Therapist who can help guide you.

Introducing Solid Foods

Common Challenges and Solutions:

Infant feeding can present challenges for parents, from breastfeeding difficulties to concerns about allergies or reflux. It's essential to seek support from healthcare professionals, such as a lactation consultant, an infant feeding support physiotherapist, a pediatric occupational therapist, or you can even consult with our new parent support team if you encounter challenges along the way. Remember that every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another.


Infant feeding is a fundamental aspect of parenting, laying the foundation for a lifetime of health and well-being. Whether you choose to breastfeed, formula feed, or a combination of both, the key is to provide your baby with love, nourishment, and support every step of the way. By understanding your baby's nutritional needs and seeking guidance when needed, you can embark on this journey with confidence and joy.

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