|Donating breast milk is something only a mother can do. It is a generous gift that can truly make a difference in the lives of the fragile infant population who are in the NICU. Because extra pumping requires time and effort, Prolacta will compensate mothers $1 for every qualified ounce of milk that is donated by qualified donors. Breast milk has been proven to be beneficial for all babies, but when it comes to babies who were born prematurely, it can be a life-saver.
Breast milk provides a protective effect against respiratory illnesses, ear infections, gastrointestinal diseases, and allergies. In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirmed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continuing breastfeeding up to 12 months, as well as reaffirmed the use of human milk for all preterm infants, whether mother’s own milk or pasteurized donor milk, if moms own milk is not available. Finally, the AAP stated that human milk should be fortified with protein, minerals and vitamins to ensure optimal nutrient intake for infants weighing <1500 grams at birth.1 Prolacta Bioscience fully supports these initiatives and encourages moms to comply.
Oftentimes mothers of premature infants have a hard time providing their own breast milk. Your donor milk can provide a bridge between baby’s birth and mom producing her own milk. Additionally, all extremely premature babies need additional nutrients. Your milk can be produced into a human milk-based, human milk fortifier to meet these increased needs. These products have been clinically demonstrated to improve health outcomes in these preterm infants.
Please join us in helping provide the much needed nutrition tiny preemies need by donating your extra breast milk today!
1American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. Section on Breastfeeding. [originally published online February 27, 2012]. Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3552.