Many of the new mothers are facing this problem, i.e. inability to feed the new-born. In order to combat this wet nursing or milk sharing comes. Some mothers do not find it rational as to get their babies fed by somebody else over emotional or hygiene and infection related issues. When mothers are unable to feed the baby, donor milk is the solution, which provides all the nutrients and protective factors to a premature baby, crucial enough to save its life. Sparing and sharing is done and mothers now are privileged to get it from milk banks.
Human milk bank is like a service similar to the blood bank and collects the milk from the donor mothers, undergoes screening process and the milk is then pasteurised to ensure its safety and provides it to the most vulnerable babies in the society, like the premature and growth restricted babies.
It is a known fact that breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits to both the mother and the child. It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, rapid return to the pre-pregnancy weight and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. These are just the things, while the major benefit is beyond putting it into words. The benefit is ahead of any measurable value, it’s the self-awareness of making a difference and another experience of having saved a life of a sick or needy baby and delivering an insightful comfort to the baby, the mother and the society on whole.
Donor milk has many benefits as it is pasteurized, lessens the pain of the baby as intravenous nutrition is not carried on. Donor milk is also easily digestible along with unmatched immunological and anti-inflammatory properties which protect the new-born against host of illness, serious infection, and small for gestational age along the complications like underweight of the preterm babies.