Human Milk Bank

Human Milk Bank Process

Counseling of the donor ;Screening HIV, Hepatitis B&C, Syphilis; Milk Expression; Storage in the Freezer; Thawing ; Pooling;Pre-Pasteurization testing; Pasteurization; Post-Pasteurization; Storage in the freezer; Prescription;Then finally the recipients who are the vulnerable babies.

Who are the Recipients of the milk?

✓ Babies whose mothers’ are very sick and not able to breastfeed

✓ Abandoned babies

✓ Babies whose mothers’ died

✓ Mothers who are using drugs that are contra-Indicated to breastfeeding

Kangaroo Mother Care

Prolonged mother- baby skin to skin care of protecting babies who are below 2500gms.It is a simple innovative method which is cheap without side effects. There are 2 types of kangaroo mother care;

Kangaroo Mother Care Display

1.Intermittent kangaroo mother care-A baby is put on the chest of the mother for 60-70 Minutes in order to complete a sleeping cycle.

2.Continuous kangaroo mother care -A baby is put on the mother’s chest for 18-21 hours.

Benefits of kangaroo to the Baby

➢ Bonding is improved

➢ Increased milk production

➢ Improved breathing pattern

➢ Exclusive breastfeeding

➢ Improves thermoregulation

➢ Baby adds weight

➢ Less infections

Benefits of kangaroo to the mother

• She becomes a role model

• She becomes a champion

• Strong bonding with the baby

• Increased milk production

Benefits of kangaroo to the institution

▪ Less use of incubators

▪ Reduces expenses

▪ Reduces neonatal mortality rate Who can practice kangaroo Mother, Spouse,Aunt or anybody else so long as cleanliness is maintained to the highest standards.

Admission Criteria

❖ All pre-terms below 2500gms

❖ Stable pre-terms

❖ Mother’s confidentiality

Discharge Criteria

• Baby above 2500gms

• Baby refuses alone

Kangaroo Mother Care Unit led to the establishment of The Human Milk Bank which is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa.