For Parents

Frequently Asked Questions – Parents

What is Pasteurized donor human breast milk (PHBM)?

 

Pasteurized human breast milk is milk which has been donated by a health lactating mother after a triple screening process. This screening process is compliant to Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and Human Milk banking association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines. Upon donation, the milk is screened and tested before undergoing pasteurization which ensures the critically ill babies get the optimum nutrition from the safest source for the best clinical outcomes.

Why does Neolacta Pasteurize the milk?

Pasteurization is a gentle, controlled heating process using special equipment that kills viruses and bacteria while still maintaining 95% of everything that was originally in the milk. While a few of the immune properties are lost, there are many more that survive the pasteurization process. In addition, some beneficial enzymes are actually activated by the pasteurization process. World Health Organization (WHO), Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  technical guidelines recommends only screened pasteurized human donor milk if mother’s own milk is unavailable.

Is it safe to give Pasteurized milk to my baby?

We agree mother’s milk is at its best when untouched. However, medical evidence suggests donor milk as the second-best choice if mother’s own milk is not available for any reason. It is far superior and safer than any other formula or cow’s milk-based products which can pose significant health risks, especially for premature babies.

What is PHBM 70 cals pasteurized human breast milk?

Usually, mother’s milk contains 55-59 calories/100mL in their milk. Preterm babies require a higher amount of energy (minimum of 70Calories/100mL) and thus mothers who have delivered preterm babies have higher energy in their milk. Human milk lipids provide a major portion of the energy supply to infants as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids, complex lipids, and bioactive components. PHBM 70 calories is rich in lipids which helps promote weight gain and thus is an ideal alternative if mother’s own milk is unavailable. PHBM 70 cals is 100% derived from human milk and do not contain preservatives or any other additives.

What is Mother’s milk fortifier (MMF)?

Premature babies have special nutritional needs. Compared to term babies, premature babies need more energy to grow, and because they grow at a rapid pace, they also need more proteins and other nutrients. Because of your premature baby’s additional energy and protein requirements, they would need to consume more breast milk than their tiny stomach could hold
in order to get the proper nutrition. These additional nutrients (often lacking in mother’s own milk) if are not given, may cause growth deficits which are difficult to compensate for, at later stages of life. That’s why doctors may decide to add a fortifier to your breast milk for your premature infant’s feedings.

Neolact MMF is meant to fortify mother’s own milk with vital nutrients critical to the baby’s growth and wellbeing. Neolact MMF is India’s only fortifier which is derived 100% from human milk using Neolacta’s patented technology devised in Australia. When mixed with mother’s own milk, this ensures the baby is on “Exclusive Human Milk diet” which has been clinically proven to have better outcomes and reduced NICU stay.

Kindly Note:

• Neolact MMF should be fed to the baby under the supervision of the doctor in the recommended volume.
• Neolact MMF is not ready-to-feed and needs to be mixed with mother’s own milk or donor milk before feeding.

Where can I buy human breast milk?

You can contact us on our toll free number 1800 102 5804 or email enquiry@neolacta.com about your requirement and we will get in touch with you at the earliest.

What are the criteria for receiving the donor’s milk?

Below are some of the reasons to use human donor milk, (in no specific order)

• Medically recommended by the consulting Neonatologist.
• A baby born before 37 weeks of gestation or full term.
• A baby weight which is less than 2000 grams or less at birth.
• Feed intolerance or Formula milk intolerance.
• A mother who is unable to produce milk of her own due to some medical reasons.
• A child who has lost his/her mother while birth.

I am an individual mother who has less supply of breast milk, can I get donor milk for my baby?

Yes, you can. Please call us at 1800 102 5804 or write to us at enquiry@neolacta.com and our team will get in touch with you.

Why can’t I give formula to my baby?

Human milk is the perfect food for babies and is easily digested by the babies. In contrast formula, milk is made using cow’s milk which is difficult to digest and increases the risk of complications in babies.

“Did you know the salt [sodium] content in cow’s milk is pretty much at toxic levels for babies?”