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Celebrating World Milk Donation Day with a new twin!

This weekend, milk banks and NICUs worldwide celebrated World Human Milk Donation Day! For everyone working in human milk banks, today is the day above all others when we consider the global nature of human milk donation. There are currently over 600 milk banks operating in at least 60 countries around the world. We recognise […]

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How research and technology is changing the debate about breastfeeding

Read the interview with Dr Natalie Shenker published in the Independent today. Adding to the evidence base surrounding donor milk is one of our driving goals – to allow research to happen that doctors and scientists have been waiting years to do. Like every start up we need help and support. Please continue to donate whatever you […]

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2017 in review

As the year comes to an end, we thought we’d put together a few of our accomplishments throughout 2017. We owe a lot of people a lot of thank yous, and hope that this will give a smile to all of you out there who have supported and continue to support us in so many […]

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A hospital’s experience of working with the Hearts Milk Bank

We’ve been busy recruiting donors and pasteurising milk for 4 months, and have built up large stocks. Milk is now leaving our doors to hospitals for use on neonatal units, and also to mothers in the community who have medical reasons that mean they cannot breastfeed. We are delighted, and so grateful to all who […]

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Help us to do more!

This is Naomi and Jo. They have been volunteering at the Hearts Milk Bank since May. They check, sort and pasteurise the milk donated by scores of wonderful mums, so that it is ready to feed tiny babies in neonatal units across our region. They have been very busy. In the last three months, they have pasteurised over 150 […]

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Announcing our team of expert advisors

The Hearts Milk Bank is proud to be supported by a host of leading professionals from a range of different backgrounds. These experts lend their knowledge and guidance pro bono, and we are incredibly grateful for their support. Microbiology and Donor Screening Dr Jim Gray has been a Consultant Microbiologist at Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospitals in England […]

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Accreditation and professionalism

The NICE Guideline includes an audit tool for milk bank teams to complete, which is currently the way the milk banks self-accredit throughout the UK. On busy units, self-accreditation can sometimes be an afterthought, creating extra work for staff who are already stretched. The development of a milk bank-specific tracking system, being piloted at the Hearts Milk Bank, […]

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Safety

Although there has not been a single documented case of a baby becoming infected with a transmissable virus from screened donor milk, a theoretical risk of such an infection exists. Therefore, the safety of donor milk is the paramount concern to every milk bank. At the Hearts Milk  Bank, we have adopted the highest standards […]

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Thoughts at the start of World Breastfeeding Week

It is World Breastfeeding Week, and in her ever-timely manner, Dr Amy Brown has just published her paper on “Breastfeeding as a public health responsibility: a review of the evidence” in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. We wanted to draw your attention (and any passing Department of Health ministers or civil servants) to this […]

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Milk ‘donation’ in the news

Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, a mother from Oregon, has been hailed as a ‘miracle mum’ following her collection of over 3,500 L breastmilk (5000 pints). Elisabeth has provided half of this amount to the Californian bioscience company Prolacta, and has shared the rest with parents in her local community. Prolacta Bioscience is one of a number of commercial […]

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