Donor human milk banking is a service which collects, screens processes and dispenses by prescription human milk that has been donated by nursing mothers who are not biologically related to the recipient infant. Because the milk is dispensed to an unrelated recipient, every precaution is taken to provide a safe product.
Banked human milk is a valuble nutritional and immunoligical resource for high needs infants. Proliferation of research documenting the importance of human milk for all infants has seen an increased interest in the development of human milk banks in many countries. In the US there are 7 dispensing and 1 research milk bank; the UK has 12, endorsed by the British Pediatric Association; France has 18 active milk banks and Australia is actively seeking to establish human milk banking.
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