First Human Milk Bank in Manila opens
The first Human Milk Bank in Manila opened at the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in order to impress on the minds of parents the advantages of breastfeeding their children.
Mothers who wish to donate their breastmilk have to be screened to make sure they do not have tuberculosis, the human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis.
The Rotary Foundation donated an electronic breast pump and pasteurizer milk freezer for the facility.
Stored milk can last up to a year if kept at 20 degrees Celsius in the refrigerator and up to around three to six months if stored in the upright freezer.
Incentives will be given to mothers who donate their breast milk.
The Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital delivers 20 to 30 babies a day, hence the need to store breast milk for infants.
Breast milk, aside from being free, strengthens the immune system of a baby and remedies malnutrition.
However, powdered milk is still preferred by the poor for their children.