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Nemours Establishes Milk Bank at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Partnership offers breast milk for premature babies
Nemours and Prolacta Bioscience have affiliated to begin supplying standardized donor human breast milk to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Many mothers of infants born prematurely cannot breastfeed. Through this program, Nemours Breast Milk for Babies, Nemours recruits nursing mothers who have more than enough breast milk and want to help make a difference. Prolacta qualifies the donors to make sure they are healthy and their breast milk meets Prolacta’s strict quality requirements. All of the necessary supplies are provided at no expense to the donor. In return, Prolacta donates $1 per ounce of qualified milk to Nemours. The standardized donor milk is intended to help premature babies grow and thrive. The program launched in April 2015.
Sandra Hassink, MD, President, American Academy of Pediatrics and Nemours Emeritus faculty, stated: "Human breast milk is beneficial for premature infants relative to growth and development, digestion and protection against infection. The AAP supports the use of human milk for the nutritional needs of premature babies."
Nemours is the first hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer a Prolacta-affiliated milk bank, holding that there is no substitute for human breast milk, and that the best infant nutritional products are human milk-based. Nemours Breast Milk for Babies program has begun actively accepting donors for qualification: nursing mothers interested in becoming donors can visit www.nemours.prolacta.com for more information.
Jay Greenspan, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours and Thomas Jefferson University, said: "Mother’s breast milk will always be preferred, but when an infant is born prematurely, the mother’s milk is not always available. In those cases, we will rely on the generosity of mothers who donate their milk through this newly established donor program. This will ensure the next best possible feeding solution for our most vulnerable babies."
The NICU at duPont Hospital for Children treats more than 100 premature infants each year, many of whom can benefit from donor breast milk. Nemours plans to launch the program at the flagship children’s hospital in Wilmington, DE, and then introduce it to NICUs at additional Nemours-affiliated hospitals, including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Mainline Health in Pennsylvania and Inspira Health in Vineland, NJ.