Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Human milk donors and recipients to celebrate the 1st Milk Siblings Reunion

  • On Sunday morning, 18 May, the group plans to meet at the Palau Robert and invite the general public to celebrate the World Day of Human Milk Donation.
  • Since the Human Milk Bank was created, nearly 1,000 mothers have donated milk and more than 500 premature babies have benefited from their generosity.
  • The Human Milk Bank of the Banc de Sang i Teixits provides breast milk for babies born at 32 weeks' gestation or earlier or who weigh less than 1,500 grams at birth.

Starting at 11 am, on Sunday 18 May a festive event at the Palau Robert in Barcelona will be attended by milk donor families and families whose babies received milk from other mothers.

This Milk Siblings festival is the first event held in Catalonia to mark the World Day of Human Milk Donation, celebrated around the world the day afterwards and now here as well thanks to the Human Milk Bank.

The idea for this gathering came from a donor mother, who expressed an interest in meeting the babies who benefited from these altruistic milk donations.

Donors and recipients interested in signing up can do so on the following website:

Programme of events
11 - 11.30 am Donor and recipient families arrive and bibs are handed out

11.30 am - 12 noon Welcome speeches by a donor mother, a recipient mother, a neonatal specialist and the director of the Human Milk Bank

12 noon Group photo of the "Milk Siblings"

12.15 - 1.30 pm Children's activities, music and hot chocolate for all

The Human Milk Bank
The Human Milk Bank is a service provided by the Banc de Sang i Teixits (Blood and Tissue Bank, BST) that collects breast milk from nursing donor mothers. The milk is then processed according to strict quality and safety standards and stored to ensure that very premature babies who cannot be breastfed by their mothers will still receive the benefits of human milk.

The human milk kept at the bank is primarily reserved for very premature infants-in other words, those weighing less than one and a half kilos at birth or born at 32 weeks or less.

A diet of breast milk reduces the risk of serious widespread infection and intestinal necrosis.

Becoming a human milk donor is very easy. The requirements are few and simple:

  • You must be nursing and have a milk supply in excess of your own child's needs
  • You must be in good health and lead a healthy lifestyle

Visit the website for all the information you need to become a human milk donor.

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