Jessica, thanks for that, we do have public health nurses here in NS but the closest clinic is a few miles away and I don't drive so it's very awkward to get to with the baby and my 3 year old, while trying to make it back to pick up my 2 older boys from school in time. In the Uk the health visitor would do a home visit, but it doesn't seem it's done here.
Caroline, thanks a lot for your info too - I nursed my previous 2 until 12/14 months, but wanted to put my baby onto formula as I am a bit concerned about his weight gain, while he is not losing weight he has dropped to the lower end of the healthy weight range for his age - since he was a big baby at birth and always on the 75th centile, I am wondering why. He has been to the docs for a check up and weigh-in a couple of weeks ago.
I think if we do opt for formula it will only be for the bedtime feed initially, and I will make every effort to get him to a regular weigh-in and speak to a professional about my concerns.