The Ontario Breastfeeding Committee
Position Statement on the Use of Donor Human Milk
The Ontario Breastfeeding Committee is the provincial contact for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada: The National Authority for the WHO/UNICEF Baby- Friendly Hospital Initiative. In partnership with the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, the Ontario Breastfeeding Committee is responsible for the implementation of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative in Ontario and partners with hospitals and community health services to assist and support them to achieve Baby-Friendly designation.
The Ontario Breastfeeding Committee recognizes that:
• human milk is the food for babies
• women should make informed decisions on the use of donor human milk based on accurate and evidenced – based information
The Ontario Breastfeeding Committee recommends that:
• Government facilitate and accelerate the establishment of donor human milk banks in Ontario
• Government provides safe, evidence-based guidelines for human milk sharing.
The Executive of the Ontario Breastfeeding Committee December 15th. 2010