Health Officials say there is a shortage of donated breast milk to support premature babies in the province.
Frances Jones with the BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank says demand for pasteurized donor milk exceeds supply.
She says the program is expanding, with Surrey Memorial and Royal Columbian hospitals having received their shipments on Tuesday already.
“If they do have a premature baby, and the mother is not able to provide either milk or enough milk, there will be the option of pasteurized donor milk for her baby should she choose that, and of course it also means were are looking for donors.”
The Milk Bank says its provides more than 2,800 critically ill infants milk every year.
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