A total of 438 premature newborns were delivered last year in public hospitals of the Valencian Community thanks to the altruistic and anonymous donation made by 346 mothers who were breastfeeding their babies. So far this year, 132 babies have been fed with breast milk donated to the Bank of C. Valenciana, thanks to the generosity of 159 donor mothers, according to figures released by the Department of Health. In total, in 2022, 882.4 liters of pasteurized milk will be delivered to La Fe and the neonatal ICUs of the Clínico de Valencia, General de Castellón, Doctor Balmis and the San Juan de Alicante and General de Elche hospitals. And till April this year 243 liters more have been distributed.
New regional breast milk bank to feed over 400 children in a year
On May 19, World Breast Milk Donation Day is observed to thank the altruism of donor mothers who save lives by sharing their milk with those who need it most, as well as the benefits of To promote and explain. Sick and premature newborns. c. In Valencia, the Breast Milk Bank, linked to the Transfusion Center (CTCV), receives, processes and distributes, with sanitary guarantees for consumption, donated breast milk to hospitals where candidates for recipients Newborn babies are taken care of. Voluntary and altruistic donation by donor mothers, anonymity of donors and recipients, and distribution under medical prescription are the principles on which breast milk banks are based.
For the selection of donors, this is done in the neonatology services of the La Fe de Valencia, Doctor Balmis de Alicante and General de Castellón hospitals.
Benefits of breast milk
According to pediatrician Maria Gormaz, from La Fe Hospital’s Neonatology Service, “Breastfeeding has important benefits for the health of infants, such as reducing mortality, preventing gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, among others.” In the long term, “decreases in rates of type I diabetes mellitus, inflammatory bowel disease and wheezing have been described,” Gormaz explained.
Similarly, mothers who breastfeed “have a lower risk of developing breast, endometrial or ovarian cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes”, highlights Maria Gormaz. For her part, Sonia Leone, a pediatrician at the Neonatology Service of the General Hospital of Castellón, elaborates on the benefits of breastfeeding for donor mothers as it “reduces the risk of postpartum hemorrhage and diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer”. Reduces, helps lose” increased weight Strengthens the bond with the son or daughter. This pediatrician has explained that “Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death during the first year of life, the presence of infectious processes and, in the long term, atopic dermatitis, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes Mellitus, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
Donated milk is intended to be used by hospitalized boys and girls, especially for newborns weighing less than 1,500 grams at birth or less than 32 weeks of age. Newborn babies who require intestinal surgery, congenital heart disease, severe developmental delay, etc. can also benefit from donated milk.
Who can donate
Any healthy mother who is satisfactorily breastfeeding her son or daughter, and who wishes to express and donate milk to the bank, can be a donor, although there are some situations in which donation is not possible: is a consumer of alcohol, tobacco, drugs or an excess of caffeine; if you suffer from a major chronic disease or regularly take medication that is incompatible with breastfeeding; if you have an infectious disease such as hepatitis B or C virus, HIV, or syphilis; Or if you belong to a group at risk of contracting these infections.