Donating milk information

Covid 19 Donors Precautions Response May 2020

Milk bank staff are being asked by neonatal clinicians what they are doing to ensure donor human milk is safe and also, are being contacted by mothers who wish to become donors or are previously recruited donors who have had confirmed (via testing) or unconfirmed Covid-19.  Dr Jim Gray, Consultant Microbiologist was approached for guidance regarding […]

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The Southwest Neonatal Network Donor Milk Bank UPDATE

Dear Milk Donor, Thank you for your support for the donor milk bank. We are sending this email in response to questions we have had about milk donation and the COVID-19 virus. Breastfeeding your own baby; Although not everything is known yet about COVID-19. In 6 cases of breastfeeding mothers testing positive for COVID-19 their […]

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Corona Virus COVID 19 UPDATE 25th March

“During the current coronavirus pandemic UK Milk Banks are working hard and working together to adapt and maintain the provision of safe screened pasteurized donor milk, we are continuing to work within the NICE Clinical guideline 93 and are adhering to PHE guidance. Many screened donors are continuing to donate safely to supply milk for […]

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Corona Virus CoVid 19 -UPDATE 17th March

Statement from UKAMB                March 17th 2020 COVID-19 Following a teleconference meeting today convened by Dr Natalie Shenker of the Hearts Milk Bank and attended by UKAMB Chair Jackie Hughes, UKAMB Forum Lead Debbie Barnett together with other milk banking experts, the decision was taken to initiate regular meetings on this topic and to invite all […]

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Corona Virus COVID-19

Coronavirus Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing, most cases appear to be mild. If you wish to donate breast milk existing screening will cover these symptoms, based on current advice Milk donor recruitment/donation should be postponed for a minimum of 2 weeks if you suspect you […]

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Speaking to potential donors

Who can be a milk bank donor? Any mother who is able to pump breastmilk and is in good health Donors should be Eating & feeling well Not be a smoker or passive smoker Not have had a blood transfusion within the past 4 months Not drinking too much caffeine Not taking illegal drugs Keeping […]

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Resolution on the Use of Donor Human Milk for Muslim Infants

Background: The introduction of anonymised donor human milk (DHM) to countries with Muslim populations has been challenged by the Islamic concept of milk kinship. Here the sharing of milk, historically in the form of a wet nurse, creates kinship ties and thus marriage prohibitions between the family of the donor and the recipient. Surveys in […]

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