Breast Milk Bank Ex­pan­sion

Westcoast Families - - Wcf News -

The BC govern­ment is pro­vid­ing a grant of $650,000 to the BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal + Health Cen­tre Foun­da­tion to sup­port their cam­paign to ex­pand the milk bank pro­gram at BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal & Health Cen­tre in re­sponse to com­mu­nity de­mand for donor breast milk for preterm and crit­i­cally-ill ba­bies. The milk bank pro­vides pas­teur­ized donor milk to about 2,500 ba­bies a year. Al­most all of the re­cip­i­ents are pre­ma­ture and crit­i­cally-ill chil­dren whose mothers are un­able to breast­feed or pro­vide enough breast milk to feed their chil­dren. Pas­teur­ized donor breast milk helps pre­vent se­ri­ous ill­ness and de­creases health-care costs, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing a baby’s length of hos­pi­tal stay. Donor milk is pro­vided with a pre­scrip­tion from a doc­tor or mid­wife. The BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal + Health Care Foun­da­tion’s goal is to in­crease ca­pac­ity to dou­ble the num­ber of ba­bies who re­ceive milk from the bank. The foun­da­tion has a cam­paign to raise the money needed to move the milk bank to a larger, pur­pose-ren­o­vated space. “BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal is com­mit­ted to ex­cel­lence in care for the prov­ince’s sick­est ba­bies, and pro­vid­ing ac­cess to breast milk helps give new­borns the very best start in life. The hos­pi­tal is grate­ful for this tremen­dous boost to the milk bank,” said Jan Chris­ti­law, pres­i­dent of BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal & Health Cen­tre. A pro­cess­ing fee of $5 per 120 cc’s of donor hu­man milk is cur­rently charged to re­cip­i­ents out­side of BC Women’s Hos­pi­tal.

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