BCLCA is committed to sharing the best available knowledge relating to respectful counselling of families who may be using or are considering using cannabis during lactation. Our document aims to support informed choice conversation between breastfeeding supporters and parents. Members, please watch your newsletters for Breastfeeding Cafés on this topic.
Improving Lactation Support within British Columbia: A Call to Action
Katherine Naphtali is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UNBC. She is passionate about perinatal nursing and the provision of quality breastfeeding support. As an assignment for her Leadership in Nursing course, she wished to explore the reasons for low exclusive breastfeeding rates in British Columbia. She contacted BCLCA for their perspective on the barriers within the health care system, and researched proven initiatives in other jurisdictions. She then wrote a health brief to provincial leaders advocating for mandated accountability, with specific recommendations, to improve breastfeeding outcomes and shared it with us for support in our work.
Baby Box (Bed) Programs "Thinking Outside the Baby Box"
At BCLCA, all members are committed to promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and our experience with families tells us that breastfeeding is intertwined with and influenced by nighttime parenting and sleep. Thus, the recent attention that baby boxes are getting has led to both parents and members to ask for more information on the issue. In response, we have prepared 2 documents to facilitate conversations about this issue. As well, we are sharing a powerpoint presentation that was prepared for the 2018 Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses conference.
an in depth brief for health care providers:FINAL BCLCA Baby Box Brief 12.21.2017.docx.pdf
an infographic of things that parents might consider:
Thank-you for Breastfeeding Card
You can print these cards on Avery 5371 Business Card paper
Breastfeeding Rights Cards
British Columbia has the BC Human Rights Code to protect and promote human rights. The right to breastfeed in public is protected under this law. If a parent is told they cannot breastfeed in public, this means that they can file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal and request compensation for any harms. These cards are based on the information contained in this BC Government fact sheet on sex discrimination.
Newborn tummy-size Lanyard teaching tool
These cards can be hole punched and put on a lanyard behind your staff ID card. They are a handy teaching tool to convey to parents just how small their newborn's tummy is on day 1-3.
Online Resources (for families & professionals)
Information for Health Care Providers
Newborns - Guidance for newborn care and lactation
SOGC Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada
Committee Opinion No. 400: COVID-19 and Pregnancy (includes postpartum/breastfeeding)
CPS Canadian Pediatric Society
Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Practice Point
Shared decision-making for infant feeding and care during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic Haiek, L, LeDrew, M, Bartick, M. Maternal and Child Nutrition (2021)
Information for feeding and keeping your baby safe during the pandemic.
Healthlink BC – COVID-19: Advice if You're Pregnant or Breastfeeding
La Leche League Canada – Covid-19 Resources
UNICEF - Breastfeeding safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
The ABM is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. A central goal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is the development of clinical protocols for managing common medical problems that may impact breastfeeding success.
For women who want to breastfeed their adopted babies and for biological mothers who for other reasons need to induce lactation.
Ask Lenore is an information resource for couples who are expanding their families via adoption, surrogacy, or traditional pregnancy as well as those who are experiencing infertility and/or recurrent miscarriage. Very good breastfeeding information for all families.
The BC Baby-Friendly Network is a multidisciplinary committee of health care providers, ministry representatives, and consumers interested in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. The Minister of Health and the Minister for Children and Families have designated the BC Baby-Friendly Network as the implementation committee for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in British Columbia.
This website provides information and support to mothers who wish to breastfeed after breast or nipple surgery. It is also an online resource for healthcare providers who help mothers breastfeed. You'll find information about the effects of each type of breast and nipple surgery on breastfeeding, how the surgeries are performed, and stories from women who have breastfed after the surgeries.
The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada is the National Authority for the Baby-Friendly Initiative.
Developed by Toronto Public Health (2013), this comprehensive resource includes 13 evidence-based protocols (years, low milk supply, mastitis, sore nipples, engorgement, colic etc.)
Acknowledging that there is much debate amongst professionals regarding the evidence on assessing and treating restricted lingual and labial frenulums, Dr. Ghaheri, an ENT surgeon, offers valuable observations and recommendations for parents and health care providers seeking a better understanding of these conditions. There are several helpful videos.
Dr Jack Newman is Canada’s leading breastfeeding professional. He is a Pediatrician
Dr Jane Morton is a professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. This site has several
Dr. Hale is the author of Medications and Mother’s Milk – the bible for health care providers. The Infant Risk site offers information on drugs and lactation including information on radiopharmaceuticals and depression. There is a very good discussion board for any questions related to breastfeeding and medications.
Healthy Families BC is your family's one-stop online resource for health and wellness information and has some wonderful resources for breastfeeding. Videos include skin-to-skin, infant feeding cues, positioning and latching, hand expression, pumping, and cup feeding and other alternate methods, in addition to a wide range of helpful information and supplements.
INFACT Canada is a national non-governmental organization that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices.
This is the website to start with if you have a breastfeeding concern. Kelly Bonyata, an IBCLC maintains a website full of evidence based information that is carefully reviewed on most topics related to breastfeeding. Each page has comprehensive links to key websites that further your understanding of an issue. Health care providers and mothers will benefit by starting most searches here.
This is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
This respected group is an international organization dedicated to the peer support of breastfeeding mothers.The website has a wealth of information for consumers and professionals.
This website (a sister site to BFAR) provides information and support to mothers who are experiencing low milk production. It is also an online resource for healthcare providers who help mothers with breastfeeding.
The Motherisk Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a clinical, research and teaching program dedicated to antenatal drug, chemical, and disease risk counselling. It is affliated with the University of Toronto. Created in 1985, Motherisk provides evidence-based information and guidance about the safety or risk to the developing fetus or infant, of maternal exposure to drugs, chemicals, diseases, radiation and environmental agents.
Provides a safe place “for women who are/were unable to breastfeed, feel unsuccessful in breastfeeding, are/were experiencing severe breastfeeding problems, or experienced untimely weaning”.
This closed Facebook group of over 1000 members (you must submit a request to join) brings together professionals such as IBCLCs, Dentists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Surgeons, Homeopaths, SLPs, Chiropractors, Crainiosacral Therapists, Body Workers etc from different countries under one forum to provide support, educate, discuss & share experiences to other professionals from the world over