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Feeding Your Baby

BC Women's provides support for feeding your baby.
Feeding your baby

BC Women's supports breastfeeding as a the best source of nutrition for your baby.

We encourage you and your family to get as much information as you need and ensure that your questions and concerns about feeding your baby have been answered.  Good information and support will help you meet your goals.  As a starting point:

  • Read booklets such as Baby’s Best Chance and BC Women's pamphlet Breastfeeding Your Baby.

  • Ask your community health nurse, midwife or physician questions about breastfeeding.
  • Every mother and baby is different, so difficultly breastfeeding once doesn’t mean you can never do it.
  • Size and shape of your breasts and nipples doesn’t affect your ability to make breast milk.
Numerous health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the Canadian Paediatric Society, recommend:
  • that babies exclusively breastfeed for about six months.
  • that you also offer nutritious solids from six month on.
  • that breastfeeding should continue for two years and beyond.

Our hospital supports women to breastfeed and to make informed decisions by following the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Please feel free to ask your nurse, midwife, or doctor for more information.

After the mother goes home, we provide an outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic for mothers who need ongoing support for breastfeeding.   


Supplemental Feeding

Sometimes after breastfeeding, babies in the hospital may need additional milk for medical reasons, such as low blood sugar levels. Some mothers will be able to express some additional milk for their baby, and these drops of milk can be given with a spoon or with a cup. 

If baby needs more than mother's own milk, we offer two choices:

  1. Pasteurized human donor milk is available from BC Women's Milk Bank. This milk is generously donated by mothers with extra milk and is triple screened and pasteurized. This milk is available on medical priority to babies in the hospital and in the community.
  2. The second choice is store-bought formula

Donor milk or formula can be given to the baby by cup, syringe or bottle. Your nurse will help you find what works best for you and your baby. She will help you support your baby to breastfeed better and help you to express and pump your milk if necessary. She will also give you information on storing your milk.

To ensure that we have given you information and respect the choices you make, your nurse will review your plan to feed your baby.

Please feel free to ask your nurse, midwife, or doctor for more information.



BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre wants to ensure that we provide you with information about infant feeding and that we respect the choices you make.

Please see the Family Support & Resource Centre for more information about topics such as:

  • Breastfeeding or cup feeding your baby
  • Increasing your milk supply
  • Renting breast pumps
  • Donor Milk Bank

BC Women's breastfeeding pamphlets

The following BC Women's pamphlets contain helpful information for breastfeeding mothers.

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