Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Human milk bank, Research
Location: Southeast Asia
Audience: Health and service providers, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Policy advocacy
Infant feeding guidelines emphasize that breast milk is the best nutrition for infants. Some infants do not have access to their biological mother’s milk for a range of reasons; when a mother’s own milk is unavailable for preterm or low birthweight infants, WHO and UNICEF recommend pasteurized human milk from a human milk bank as the first alternative to feed low birthweight and preterm infants. This article, created with guidelines, expert advice, and patient stories, explains human milk banks in-depth, exploring the rationale for their use, contraindications, directions for use, and how donor milk can support breastfeeding.