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Access to infant formula now available through midwives

Supporting the nutritional needs of infants while achieving poverty reduction.

Wednesday September 13, 2023 | VICTORIA, BC [Updated 2:40 pm]

by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc. | Island Social Trends

Low-income mothers who need support for acquiring infant formula for their newborn or and infant child can now receive that support through midwives in BC.

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Grace Lore, Minister of State for Child Care [BC Govt]

“Improving access to infant formula for those who need it most” is how Grace Lore, MLA (Victoria-Beacon Hill) — who is Minister of State for Child Care — put it in a post on X (Twitter) today.

Lore was referring to Order in Council (OIC) 402 which supports vulnerable families and supports BC’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

OIC 402 has changed criteria for access, increased supplements for nutrition, and has added midwives to the people who can help people access this support.

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Infant formula now available through midwives, as part of BC poverty reduction. [Sept 2023]

Old scenario:

  • If infant was at risk of contracting disease
  • No access via midwives
  • Lower amount

New scenario:

  • If the nutritional needs of the infant cannot be met through breastfeeding
  • Access through midwives
  • Increased amount

Making life better for parents and families:

The Ministry of Education and Child Care was not involved in this Order in Council, but Minister of State Lore hoped with her X (Twitter) post today to highlight the achievement on social media.

The Minister of State for Child Care mandate letter from December 7, 2022 mostly itemizes goals for child care, including the broader context to “improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our work as we focus on making life better for all parents and families in our province”.



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Island Social Trends Editor Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Cert PR.

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