Mother’s breast 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 Enterocolitis (NEC), Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), Sepsis, Bacterial meningitis and Ear Infections.
Human milk contains many components like proteins, carbohydrates lipids, vitamins and traces of 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 synthetically produced artificial milk such as cow milk-based fortifier or preterm infant formula (premature formula).
Human milk has immense benefits. A screened donor milk is the only way a critically ill baby can achieve good health, growth and improve their well-being.
Human milk and human milk products reduce the infant mortality rate in India.
Benefits of donating Human Milk
- Improved growth and nutrition status.
- Brings in satisfaction as her milk benefits other neonates.
- Satisfies mother that baby is receiving optimal feeding.
- Healthier baby.
- 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.