International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing
2022, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part A
Role of donor mothers in breast milk banking
Chitra Prajapati and Jasmi Manu
Human milk banking is the process by which breast milk is collected, screened and pasteurized foe the use of hospitals or mothers who cannot breastfeeding. Human is the best source of nutrition for all newborn babies. More specifically, a mother’s breast milk is the first choice of nutrition for those who are preterm, have low birth weight, and are unwell and for those vulnerable infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pasteurised donor breast milk is not the same as fresh breast milk as it loses certain bioactive and immunological properties. The ingredients of human breast milk include immunoglobulin and other active constituents that can reduce infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, cardiovascular risk and metabolic disease. If a mother’s own breast milk is not available, the second choice should be donor breast milk. Breastfeeding promotion and the collection of donor breast milk are linked. By offering correct information about breastfeeding their infants. It is also known that successful breast feeding significantly reduces neonatal mortality and morbidity world wise. The primary and by far the largest group of consumers of human breast milk are premature babies. Infants with gastrointestinal disorders or metabolic disorders may also consume this form of milk as well. Human breast milk acts as a substitute, instead of formula, when a mother cannot provide her own milk. Human breast milk can also be fed to toddlers and children with medical conditions that include but are not limited to chemotherapy for cancer and growth failure while on formula.