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Newborn Care

This section provides parents and families with information about caring for their newborn.

Breastfeeding Buddy

Breastfeeding Buddy is a web-based app that has tips, tools, and videos to help new mothers with breastfeeding and more, from pregnancy to baby's first six months and beyond. It provides parents with information and links to health resources in their community and helps them keep track of breastfeeding, baby's sleep schedules, diaper changes, and scheduling if mothers express breast milk or provide alternate feedings. It's an easy, fun, and educational tool designed to help parents give their baby the very best start in life.

Healthy Families BC

Healthy Families BC has an excellent section on feeding with many articles on breastfeeding. Topics include learning the basics, learning to latch, breastfeeding positions, pumping and expressing breast milk, signs of a good feed, and more.

BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank

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. 

Informal (Peer-to-Peer) Milk Sharing

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 breast 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.
If you are thinking about giving your baby milk from an informal donor, read the Informal Milk Sharing Family Information Sheet and talk with your health care provider to discuss the risks and benefits of all feeding options.

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Healthy Families BC has a section on Parenting, including articles related to your baby's first 12 months

Baby's Best Chance: Parents' Handbook of Pregnancy and 
Baby Care
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his book is about pregnancy and early childhood development. 

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