Mother’s breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies. Leading healthcare regulators like WHO (World Health Organisation) and UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. If mother’s own milk is unavailable, the next best option is a donor milk which has been screened and pasteurized as per guidelines.
Donor mothers are healthy lactating mothers with healthy babies, who are voluntarily willing to donate their surplus milk for other babies without compromising on the nutritional needs of their own baby.
Pasteurized donor human milk is the only option available for critically ill or premature infants to get the benefits of human milk, in situations where the mother’s own milk (MOM) isn’t available.
Clinical research studies have shown that human milk help babies resist infections and decrease the incidence of serious diseases, such as Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), Sepsis, Bacterial meningitis and Ear Infections among others.
Human milk contains many components like proteins, carbohydrates lipids, vitamins and trace minerals that support the developing immune system and helps protect babies from infections and diseases.
The antibodies found in human milk, as well as other human protective molecules are not present in any other forms of Synthetic food supplements such as such as cow milk-based fortifier or preterm infant formula (premature formula).
A screened donor milk is the only way a critically ill baby can achieve good health, growth and improve their well-being, due to unavailability of mother’s own milk.
Human milk and human milk products can help reduce infant mortality rates and contribute towards a healthier next generation.
Benefits of donating Human Milk
- Brings in a sense of satisfaction as her milk is not only benefitting her own baby but also other critically ill neonates.
- Promotes donor mother’s well being as she can avoid conditions like engorgement and mastitis due to abundant supply.
- Relieves the mother that baby is receiving optimal feeding.
- Reduced stress helps her build her own supply to breastfeed her baby
- Reduced guilt and pressure of giving formula milk
- Reduced neonatal infections & other illnesses.
- Achieve optimal health, growth & development.
- Increased awareness of breastfeeding and its benefits.
- Reduced annual health cost.
- Improved neonatal health leads to a healthier future.
- Reduced carbon foot print and pollution due to formula manufacturing.