Importance of Human Milk
Mother’s milk is the best source of nutrition for babies and leading healthcare regulators like WHO (World Health Organisation) and UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) recommends mother’s milk. If mother’s own milk is unable the next best is a donor mother’s milk which has been screened and pasteurized as per guidelines.
The donor’s community is formed by healthy lactating mothers with healthy babies, who are voluntarily willing to give their surplus milk for other babies without compromising on the nutritional needs of their own baby.Milk donation is the only way a critically ill, premature infant, or in absence of their mother’s own milk (MOM) can receive a purely human milk-based diet.
Clinical research studies have shown that human milk help babies resist infections and decrease the incidence of serious diseases, such as
- Necrotizing Entercolitis (NEC)
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
- Bacterial meningitis
- Ear Infection.
Is it safe to use donor pasteurized milk?
We follow a very strict screening, processing, dispensing and comply with the key global guidelines established by IAP ((Indian Association of Pediatrics), WHO (World Health Organization) and HMBANA (Human Milk Banking Association of North America). The donor must go through a questionnaire which helps us to understand their medical and lifestyle histories and a blood test to ensure the donor mother provides the safest milk possible.
The blood screening is done to check for HIV I&II, Syphilis, HTLV I&II (Human T- Lymphotrophic Virus) and Hepatitis B&C.
The blood sample is conducted as per the guidelines and all cost is covered by us.
Donated milk is pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses. After pasteurization, a lab test is conducted to show their is no bacteria growth. The donor milk is then shipped frozen to hospital and outpatient families.