Toronto Public Health (TPH) has achieved the coveted Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) designation from the Breast-feeding Committee for Canada (BCC).
The BFI is a worldwide program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. In Canada, the BFI designation is awarded by the BCC to hospitals and community health services that put policies in place to protect, promote and support breast-feeding.
TPH is the largest community health service in Canada to receive this prominent award as well as the first designated public health facility in Ontario with a Baby-Friendly hospital within its service area, Toronto East General Hospital.
This designation ensures that Toronto residents continue to receive high quality infant feeding services from TPH staff. Families who have questions about infant feeding can call 416-338-7600 to receive telephone counselling and referrals to local breast-feeding clinics and parenting programs.
“As a model for community health services in Ontario, we urge TPH to continue to implement the global criteria as it joins the ranks of Baby-Friendly designated facilities in the world,” said Kathy Venter, chair of the BCC in a statement.
A formal presentation, awarding the BFI designation to Toronto Public Health, will be made to the Board of Health by a member of the BCC, Feb. 11.