Pooled and Pasteurized Mother’s Milk Remains Sterile Beyond Current Guideline Times, If Properly Refrigerated: Presented at AAP

ATLANTA, GA — October 10, 2006 — Holder-method pasteurized pooled human donor milk that has been processed according to Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines may remain sterile after thawing for longer than 24 hours, if properly refrigerated, researchers reported here at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition.

“If it is possible to keep bottles of this pasteurized milk around for longer than 24 hours and decrease wastage, it could significantly decrease costs and improve the cost/benefit ratio for premie babies whose moms don’t have enough milk to give them,” said lead investigator Ronald Cohen, MD, professor of pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California.