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:
- 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.
- 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.