According to World Health Organization (WHO) mothers who are unable to lactate, in that case donated human mother’s milk is the next best option instead of Formula Milk. Amaara Human Milk Bank is an initiative by Breast Milk Foundation and Fortis La Femme. We collect milk from donors within our Delhi-NCR from their door-step; pasteurize the milk, analyze the milk for essential macronutrients and dispense it to the various hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) that care for premature and sick infants who are in need of human donor breast milk.
Many of us are familiar with the expression “breast is best” — and for good reason. It’s because of the myriad benefits of breast milk that are simply impossible to replace in formula milk.
The benefits of breast milk have spread way beyond basic nutrition which gives it “liquid gold” tag to it. Breast milk provides babies with different types of antibodies to boost their immune system, develop their brain, and resist from illness.
During the initial few days, Breast milk is very essential for premature and sick infants as it provides easy digestibility, immunological components, and it protects them from severe intestinal infections like Necrotizing Entericolitis (NEC).
Premature infants are among the worlds’ most vulnerable populations. Preemies have under-developed and very weak biological systems that often lead to long term disorders. An appropriate diet can significantly impact the child’s chance of survival and decrease severity of impairment. Many Studies have shown that extremely low birth weight preterm babies who received breast milk shortly after birth had higher mental development scores at 18 months when compared with other preterm infants who were not given breast milk.
Low birth weight babies who are fed Human Breast milk in comparison to formula fed babies have:
- Improved cognitive function
- Higher IQ scores
- Increased cognitive benefits with duration
Studies have also shown that breast milk can protect against certain childhood cancers, Type I and Type II diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and a child’s risk of becoming overweight or obese as a teen or adult.