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Newborn Care

This section provides parents and families with information about caring for their newborn.
Breastfeeding My Baby Guide

The Breastfeeding 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 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).


 

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby

This resource was adapted with permission from the BFI Strategy for Ontario. The Breastfeeding your Early Preterm Baby booklet supports families who have an preterm baby and specifically an preterm baby born prior to 34 weeks gestation who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby.

Topics include: breastfeeding 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 Early Preterm Baby Booklet is currently available in English only.



Breastfeeding promotional materials
These materials promote community support of breastfeeding. Click on the images below to see print ready versions of breastfeeding promotional materials.

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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 (Peer-to-Peer) Human Milk Sharing Family Information Sheet and talk with your health care provider to discuss the risks and benefits of all feeding options.



Other Resources (External)


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. 


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.


 

Breastfeeding

Infant Formula Feeding

Infant Masks

  • Your Baby and COVID-19: Masks or face coverings, visors or eye protection are not made to be used on infants/children under the age of 2 years. Find more information on how to keep your baby safe. 

Visitors to the hospital (Changes due to COVID-19)

While the presence of family and friends is acknowledged as being integral to a patient’s overall wellness, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect patients, families and staff, sites have taken steps to limit the number of individuals entering patient care areas. Please consult with the health care team to confirm the visitation policies at your site, prior to having friends or family visit.

The best start for you and your baby is skin-to-skin and heart-to-heart in Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care is the skin-to-skin holding of your baby against your bare chest, often secured with a wrap. Kangaroo Care provides warmth, comfort, and a place where your baby will grow and begin to make positive connections. It supports your baby's brain development and is good for both you and your baby.

 

The following resources provide information and support for parents and families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Kangaroo Care - Information for Parents: An information booklet for parents about the importance of Kangaroo Care. Available in 5 languages: Simplified ChineseTraditional ChinesePunjabiKorean, and Farsi.


Video - A Parent's Perspective on Kangaroo Care: A parent's perspective on the value of Kangaroo Care.


Video - Kangaroo Care Information for Parents: A general video on the origins and benefits of Kangaroo Care.


Video - Kangaroo Care Step by Step: A step-by-step explanation of a 'standing transfer' where a parent picks up their baby for Kangaroo Care.


Video - Kangaroo Care Transfer Demonstration: A demonstration by a father picking up his son who is on respiratory support for Kangaroo Care


 

All About Your Baby: Information for the Bedside (For Parents)

The transfer of a baby from one NICU to another NICU can be stressful. By completing this document, you will provide important information to the doctors and nurses working in the unit where your baby is going.

BC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) information for families:

Visitors to the hospital (Changes due to COVID-19)

While the presence of family and friends is acknowledged as being integral to a patient’s overall wellness, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect patients, families and staff, sites have taken steps to limit the number of individuals entering patient care areas. Please consult with the health care team to confirm the visitation policies at your site, prior to having friends or family visit.

Baby's Best Chance

Baby's Best Chance: Parents' Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care is intended to offer general information about pregnancy and parenting, with a focus on ensuring the health and wellbeing of you and your baby. It also provides guidance on how you can access additional support, should you need it. Topics covered include pregnancy, birth and parenting a baby up to six months of age.


Safer Sleep

In the early weeks of life, babies sleep for about 16 hours a day. Safer Sleep for My Baby pamphlet shares information about how to help make your baby’s sleep environment as safe as possible – so every sleep is a safer sleep.





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Infant Feeding


Public Health Agency of Canada Parent Resource

Breastfeeding is important for you and your baby.
Today most babies are breastfed. And as more Canadians understand how important breastfeeding is for the health of mothers and babies, more people are supporting mothers to breastfeed for longer, up to 2 years and more. To learn more visit these two resources:

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.



Neonatal Intensive Care

The following websites and resources provide information and support for parents and families with babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).


Parenting
  • Healthy Families BC: 
    • Baby's First 12 months
      Babies don't come with instruction manuals.  But parents and health care professionals have learned a lot about the best ways to care for and nurture little ones.










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