PUDUCHERRY: Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical
Education and Research (Jipmer) has established a human milk bank to nourish and save preterm babies born in the hospital. The bank, named ‘Amudham Thaippal Maiyam’ (ATM), which will also offer breastfeeding counselling to mothers, was inaugurated last Wednesday.
“As 30% of 1,500 babies born per month in Jipmer are of low birth weight and mostly preterm, there is a strong need to establish a human breast milk bank at NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) to strengthen neonatal services and save preterm babies,” Jipmer director S C Parija said on Monday .
He said such banks must be set up in all NICU facilities considering the complications associated with formula feeding of underweight and tiny preterm babies who cannot be breastfed till they are six months old. “If mother’s milk is unavailable or insufficient, the next option is to use pasteurized donor human milk. Donor milk after collection will be heated to 62.5°C for 30 minutes and then cooled. It makes the milk germ-free and retains the biochemical and
immunological components,” he said.
Parija said all healthy lactating mothers with healthy babies can volunteer to donate milk for other babies without compromising on the nutritional needs of their own child. “Mothers whose babies are in neonatal intensive care units, those who have lost their child but are willing to donate milk, lactating working staff in the hospital and motivated mothers from the community can donate,” he said.
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