Breast milk is a lifeline to pre-term babies...
No donation can be more divine than breast milk and only a lactating mother can make this donation. So, if you are a lactating mother do come forward to make the donation at one of the human milk banks listed below. Only your surplus milk will be taken and that too is beneficial for you because frequent expression of milk helps maintain lactation. Donor mothers need to be healthy and free from Hepatitis, HIV and VDRL.
Human milk banks feed the donated milk to babies whose mothers do not lactate or pre-term babies whose mothers are unable to nurse their babies. Pre-term babies would have far greater chances of survival if they are given breast milk. Similar is the situation with babies who are under-weight, malnourished or orphaned at childbirth. Breast milk contains vital nutrients and immunity properties which protect baby from different diseases. It is far superior to formula feed which would be the other less-preferred option.
How does human milk banking function?
Breast milk is expressed or pumped by the mother herself, using a breast pump in the comfort of her house. The expressed milk is then labeled and stored in sterile containers provided by the milk bank, in the freezer at home. The breast milk bank has a collection service which will pick up the frozen milk and transport it safely to the milk bank on a regular basis.
Human milk banks ensure that the milk is collected hygienically, pasteurized and stored at a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius. The stored breast milk is usable up to 6 months.