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