The Breastfeeding or Chestfeeding My Baby guide, available inside the Pregnancy Passport, is a helpful tool that can be printed and posted in health-care facilities to promote breastfeeding or chestfeeding, or used with families for individual or group education. There are two sizes available for printing: Letter (8.5 x 11) and Poster (24 x 17).
Are you breastfeeding or chestfeeding and deciding about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? For most people, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the safest choice to protect them from COVID-19. Read more considerations to help you decide: COVID-19 vaccine planning guide for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding
Is it safe to breastfeed or chestfeed my baby after my Medical Imaging test? Yes
Breastfeeding Your Preterm Baby booklet was adapted with permission from the BFI Strategy for Ontario. The Breastfeeding Your Preterm Baby booklet supports families who have a preterm baby and who plan to breastfeed orchestfeed and/or provide human milk to their baby.
Topics include: breastfeeding or chestfeeding your preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.
Breastfeeding Your Preterm Baby booklet is available in the following languages:
If you need hard copies, please print the PDF files linked here. For English copies only, you can place a print on demand (self-pay) order through PSBC's online ordering portal
. If you don't have an account, please follow the steps online to request one.
These materials promote community support of breastfeeding or chest feeding. Click on the images below to see print-ready versions of the promotional materials.
4 x posters
Your own milk is the best way to feed your baby. When your milk is not available, for whatever reason, pasteurized donor human milk from an official milk bank is the next best choice.
Some parents feel the benefits of human milk outweigh the potential risks of formula. Informal milk sharing (sometimes called peer-to-peer milk sharing) is human milk that is:
- obtained from family members, friends, a milk-sharing website, or purchased online;
- usually not treated to kill any harmful bacteria or viruses.
The BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank screens milk donors, collects and pasteurizes donated milk, and distributes it to hospitals in BC.
Milk from a baby’s own mother is always the first choice. When her milk isn’t available, donor milk is the next best thing. Donor milk has active beneficial properties and is similar to mother’s own milk. It provides babies with antibodies to fight disease and infection. Human milk is best for all babies. It is especially important for sick and very tiny babies.
The demand for milk is high and often exceeds supply. New donors are always needed.
Before attempting to drop off milk to a breast milk collection depot
, you must call the depot that you plan to use to confirm times and locations for drop off.