Why breast milk?
Premature babies have an immature immune system.
The benefits of giving natural breast milk to a premature baby include:
- Immunologic protection against many organisms;
- Maturation, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract;
- Protection for immature tissue;
- Promotion of healing tissue damaged by infection;
- Optimal nutrition; and
- Easy digestion.
Why a Milk Bank?
The World Health Organisation recommends breast milk as the ideal food for healthy growth and development of babies, as it is proven to reduce the risk of complications and infections.
Sometimes women have trouble producing enough of their own milk or, in cases of premature birth, any milk at all.
Mothers of pre-term babies nearly all try to express their own milk, but they often find themselves in very artificial and stressful situations and their milk supply is low.
In the absence of their own milk, having donor breast milk available through the RBWH Milk Bank provides parents with an alternative to formula and the choice to give their baby optimal nutrition. Artificial formula has been shown to be detrimental to preterm infants.
We need your help
The RBWH Milk Bank is largely funded by community donations and grants.
Please consider making a financial donation towards the RBWH Milk Bank, via RBWH Foundation, so we can ensure this facility will continue to save lives into the future.
Funding is needed to cover the ongoing running costs of the Milk Bank and it is also our dream that the service can be expanded to help premature babies in other Neonatal Units around Queensland.