Breastmilk for Small and Sick Babies: A Human Milk Bank Launched at Viet Nam National Children's Hospital
Human Milk Bank (HMB) services are an essential component of a breastfeeding-friendly health system, ensuring pre-term, low-birth-weight, and other vulnerable infants have the protections of breastmilk when they need it most.
Breastfeeding in Lao PDR is widely socially accepted and strongly supported by government policy. While most infants are breastfed, the practice is often sub-optimal: slow initiation, pre-lacteal feeding, and mixed feeding are common.
In collaboration with partners, Alive & Thrive (A&T) is working to strengthen the capacity of health systems in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Viet Nam to deliver high-quality breastfeeding-friendly services to mothers and infants.
As a result of the illegal coup d’état by the Myanmar military on February 1st, 2021, the country is now facing a humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and characterized by significantly increased food and fuel prices, drastically reduced access to basic health services, a nat