At Bharati Hospital, we understand the crucial role that breast milk plays in the health and well-being of infants, especially premature babies or those with special medical needs. Our Milk Bank is dedicated to providing safe and nourishing breast milk to support the growth and development of these vulnerable infants.
What is a Milk Bank?
A Milk Bank is a specialized facility that collects, screens, processes, and distributes donated human breast milk to infants in need. It serves as a lifeline for premature infants who may not have access to their mother’s milk or who require additional supplementation to support their growth and immune system.
The Importance of Breast Milk:
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants. It contains essential nutrients, antibodies, and enzymes that promote healthy development and protect against infections and diseases. For premature babies or infants with medical conditions, receiving pasteurized donor human milk can significantly improve their health outcomes and reduce the risk of complications.
Our Milk Bank Services:
- Donor Screening and Milk Collection: We have a stringent screening process to ensure the safety and quality of donated breast milk. Donors undergo thorough health assessments and lifestyle screenings to determine their eligibility. Once approved, donors can express and donate their excess breast milk at our designated collection centers.
- Milk Processing and Pasteurization: Donated breast milk goes through a careful processing and pasteurization procedure to eliminate any potential contaminants while preserving its nutritional benefits. Our Milk Bank adheres to strict quality control standards to ensure the safety and efficacy of the milk.
- Milk Distribution: After pasteurization, the processed milk is stored and distributed to hospitals, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and infants in need. We prioritize providing donor human milk to premature babies, medically fragile infants, and those with specific medical conditions as recommended by healthcare professionals.
- Support and Education: We offer support and educational resources to mothers, families, and healthcare providers regarding the importance of breast milk and the services provided by our Milk Bank. We strive to promote breastfeeding awareness and support mothers in establishing and maintaining successful breastfeeding practices.
Donation and Volunteering
We greatly appreciate the generosity of mothers who choose to donate their excess breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother interested in becoming a donor, please reach out to our Milk Bank for more information on the donation process, eligibility criteria, and collection centers.
We also welcome volunteers who wish to support our Milk Bank’s operations and initiatives. Volunteers play a vital role in raising awareness, organizing events, and providing assistance to our staff.
For more information about our Milk Bank or to inquire about donation and volunteering opportunities, please visit our website or contact our dedicated Milk Bank team. We are grateful for your support in providing precious nutrition and care to vulnerable infants through the Bharati Hospital Milk Bank.