Saturday 15 June 2013

Author(s): Kundan Pandey

'We need to promote the culture of donating breast milk'

'We need to promote the culture of donating breast milk'

Armida Fernandez, founder trustee of Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, started the first human milk bank in India in 1989 in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Mumbai. There are currently seven milk banks in the country, functioning in various hospitals. Four are in Mumbai and one each in Pune, Hyderabad and Baroda. Fernandez spoke to Ratnika Sharma at the World Breastfeeding Conference held in Delhi between December 6 and 9 about the logistics and challenges of setting up a breast milk bank

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'We need to promote the culture of donating breast milk'

'We need to promote the culture of donating breast milk'

Armida Fernandez, founder trustee of Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, started the first human milk bank in India in 1989 in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Mumbai. There are currently seven milk banks in the country, functioning in various hospitals. Four are in Mumbai and one each in Pune, Hyderabad and Baroda. Fernandez spoke to Ratnika Sharma at the World Breastfeeding Conference held in Delhi between December 6 and 9 about the logistics and challenges of setting up a breast milk bank

Author(s): Ratnika Sharma

Cradles of hope

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Cradles of hope
  • Good story...... Nice to read

    Good story...... Nice to read about such a bank... Should open in other areas too.... Bikash Kumar Sharma

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Great story. Hopefully, more

    Great story. Hopefully, more women would donate to this noble cause and more children would be benefited from this and hence malnutrition among them could be checked in the country.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • This is the Real devotion for

    This is the Real devotion for the too little ones. Hope it will be replicated in small towns.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Bank to which mothers can

    Bank to which mothers can donate EXCESS breast-milk is welcome as long as the bank distributes it without making profit to those who need. Profit-making sale of donated breast-milk or other business, as has started in UK to make & sell special food-products, is to be avoided strictly. Finally, a basic question. Care & proper food to would-be & new mothers need to be encouraged and arranged, while campaigning for mother's milk to mother's own and/or other babies. It has to be a "Mother & Child" programme - U De

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Milk banks are the best thing

    Milk banks are the best thing to assist others in communities where due to health and other factors mothers can not provide breast milk - this is a good article and full of facts that are required - profit is not the motive it is the provision of life

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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