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BC Women’s Milk Bank
The BC Women’s Milk Bank has operated for over thirty years. It provides pasteurized donor milk to high risk and ill children when their mothers are not able to provide enough breast milk. The pasteurized donor milk is provided with a doctor’s or midwife’s prescription. A processing fee is charged for recipients outside of BC Children’s & BC Women’s Hospitals.
BC Women's Health Centre and Human Milk Bank
Got milk? The BC Women's Milk Bank is accepting deposits.
Canada's first breast milk bank collects, pasteurizes, stores and dispenses milk to mothers who are ill, on medication or who have undergone surgery and are unable to breastfeed.
And for the tiny recipients the difference human milk makes is one of life and death. "They've tried formula and just don't tolerate it," due to allergies, gut surgery, cardiac surgery or kidney problems, said Frances Jones, coordinator of the B.C. Women's Milk Bank.
BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre Foundation "Wish List"
This program benefits babies whose mothers are unable to provide any or enough breast milk to feed their infants and babies who are deemed medically unfit for formula.
It is important that that the Milk Bank continues to operate in order to provide critical nutrition for babies, and facilitates further research on the benefits of using donor milk. The Milk Bank increases awareness, encourages breastfeeding, and endeavours to expand its services across the country, and promote the concept for other Milk Banks in Canada.