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Mother’s milk bank of CMCH serves best in the city

Mother’s milk bank of CMCH serves best in the city

The milk bank has become the backbone of the Special Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) at the hospital, which treats preterm babies, newborns with very low birth weight and other complications.

A total of 37,687 newborns benefited from the mother’s milk bank at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) since it became functional in 2015.

The milk bank, now known as the Comprehensive Lactational Management Centre, received a whopping volume of 45,23,322 ml of breast milk donated by 18,059 mothers since its inception. The facility has become the backbone of the Special Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) at the hospital, which treats preterm babies, newborns with very low birth weight and other complications.

According to CMCH Dean A. Nirmala, the hospital is leading in terms of milk donated by mothers and beneficiaries. P. Senthilkumar, neonatologist attached to the SNCU, said the milk bank was indeed one of the best in south India. Non-governmental organisations like the Amirtham Breastmilk Donation were the main support to the hospital in running the bank.

Breast milk collected from voluntary donors were brought to the milk bank and pasteurised before storing in deep freezers. Samples were collected for microbiological tests before and after the process. The frozen milk was then brought to normal temperature by keeping the container in warm water before giving it to newborns who required breast milk, neonatologist V.K. Sathyan explained the process.

“The donor should be tested negative for HIV, Hepatitis B and syphilis. These tests are normally done before delivery,” he said. The milk bank has become a boon for newborns whose mothers are unable to breastfeed them due to illness and for newborns that are found abandoned and admitted to the SNCU. A donor can store the milk in the fridge if it is scheduled to be collected by volunteers within 24 hours. In case the volunteers are not able to collect within 24 hours, the milk is stored in the freezer.

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“We have a network of over 6,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women through which we educate them on parenting, lactation and other aspects. We also explain to them about breast milk donation and guide them through the process. Many mothers are supporting the initiative,” said Roopa Selvanayaki, founder of Amirtham Breastmilk Donation.
To know more about breast milk donation, contact Amirtham Breastmilk Donation at 99652-15777, 97905-97127 or CMCH SNCU at 0422 2919686.

 

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