We provide practical support to milk bank staff who co-ordinate the provision of donor breastmilk for premature babies. UKAMB also signposts women who are thinking about donating their milk to their local milk bank.
UKAMB aims to ensure that milk banks are staffed and administered by appropriately trained staff, in order that the safety of donor milk is paramount. We also aim to educate the public about the benefits of donor milk, including protecting premature babies from complications such as infections and necrotising enterocolitis.
UKAMB has worked closely with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce guidelines for the safe operation of milk banks, published in 2010. Through our research and inspections, we constantly strive to ensure best practice in milk banks across the country. We also work with milk banks on a regional and national level overseas.
UKAMB represents milk banks at a wide range of conferences, symposiums and parliamentary working groups.
Milk banks in the UK support a wide range of ethical studies across the fields of neonatalogy, infant nutrition, cancer research and perinatal psychiatry. UKAMB aims to coordinate research to avoid replication and ensure best practice and standardisation of approach to collection and ethics approval. None of the research we support is funded by non-WHO Code compliant companies.
Milk banks can be expensive to operate, but provide a service that is one of the most cost-effective interventions in the NHS. However, additional funding is always needed over and above the day-to-day running costs for research, training and awareness. Please contact us if you would like to help.