Monash Health is playing a key role in providing valuable breastmilk to sick and premature babies who need it most.
The Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank, which has supplied more than 3,200 litres of milk to almost 1,000 babies over the past nine years, recently opened its first satellite site at Monash Health.
The Bank relies on mums with a large supply of breast milk to donate their excess milk, which is then pasteurised and made available for premature or low-weight babies, as well as babies whose mothers are unwell.
“Donors are breastfeeding mothers who are well and healthy, and have a real abundant supply of breastmilk. With breast feeding, supply equals demand – the more you supply, the more you produce,” said Andrea Rindt, General Manager of Monash Women’s and Newborn.
Until now, only women who had given birth at Mercy Health could donate. The Monash Women’s and Newborn team is thrilled to be collaborating with Mercy Health to increase the pool of donors and help more vulnerable babies access valuable breastmilk.