Skip to main content


We help support the growth, development and well-being of children.

Dietitians at BC Children's Hospital work to optimize nutrition in order to support healing, growth, development and well being. Nutrition care spans childhood from premature infants to teens transitioning to adult care. We provide care through a variety of clinics and programs and this includes everything from basic nutrition counselling to acute care nutrition management to long term diet modification and enteral and parenteral feeding.

Lactation Consultants are available to support breast/chest feeding at the hospital through inpatient and outpatient consults. For more information, please email

Outpatient pediatric nutrition counselling

Please note that the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic is now part of the Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service.

Outpatient dietitian appointments are available for patients referred by a pediatrician. Physician referrals may be faxed to (778) 504-9764. For further information, call (604) 875-2345, local 7464, or send an email to

Our program

Nutrition Services provides leadership and expertise in the delivery and promotion of quality nutritional care to children, youth, women and their families. While the provision of patient care is the primary focus of Nutrition Services, activities and resources are also directed towards education and research to help fulfil the organization’s mandate as an academic health centre.

There are over 40 registered dietitians in the department, each working within their respective programs at Children’s, Sunny Hill or Women’s to assess the nutritional status and needs of patients at risk of less-than-optimal nutrition. They develop, implement, monitor and adjust nutritional care plans based on this assessment and each patient’s ongoing medical condition.

Patient and family education on nutrition and diet modification is provided as needed either on site or via telehealth. The department also operates the Formula Room, which prepares and distributes specialty infant and tube feeding formulas and the BC Metabolic Nutrition Program.


Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Services

Lactation Services are available for families at BC Children's Hospital.  The team of registered nurses, who are also lactation consultants, are specially trained to provide breastfeeding and lactation support to families with ill or medically complex children. We can help parents who are having any challenges with breastfeeding or pumping. The following services are provided: 

  • Consults with families when baby is admitted to BC Children's Hospital. 
  • Prenatal and outpatient consults for families with babies receiving follow up through BC Children's hospital clinics.

For families that have a baby admitted to hospital please contact your primary nurse or physician for a referral.  For outpatient referrals, please contact your BC Children's Outpatient Clinic or email

For more information, please email

Children & youth

Pregnancy & lactation

‎Families are reporting challenges purchasing infant formula in some stores. Formula companies have confirmed that formula is available and store supplies can be restocked.

  • If you are required to self-isolate due to suspected COVID19 infection, ask a friend or family member to purchase infant formula for the duration of your isolation period (14 days).
  • Purchase ONLY the amount of formula you require for the isolation period; purchasing more than required may lead to shortages for others.
  • If you are having difficulty finding infant formula in stores, please contact formula companies directly; they may be able to identify which stores have formula available.

BC Children's hospital is unable to provide infant formula for community use.

All ages

Tab Heading






SOURCE: Nutrition ( )
Page printed: . Unofficial document if printed. Please refer to SOURCE for latest information.

Copyright © BC Children's Hospital. All Rights Reserved.

    Copyright © 2024 Provincial Health Services Authority.