Helping Hands Milk Bank (HHMB) is stepping-up its efforts to find mothers who have excess breast milk they can donate to help critically ill premature infants. Breast-feeding mother or not, you can also help by spreading the word to find those mothers who can donate.
HHMB collects excess breast milk from mothers who have a surplus to be formulated into nutritional products that benefit the world’s most fragile infant population. The breast milk is sent to Prolacta Bioscience where it is tested, pasteurized and concentrated into clinically proven human milk products for critically ill, premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Prolacta Bioscience is a for-profit company dedicated to cutting edge research and products to save the lives of preemies. A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that Prolacta’s fortifier (Prolact+ H2MF) clinically reduced the odds of developing NEC (a major threat preemies) by 77% in premature infants weighing 500g – 1250g (
The donation process is easy: You can donate from the comfort of your own home. Helping Hands allows busy mothers to apply online in about 15 minutes. All necessary materials and cost of shipping are covered.
In collaboration with Prolacta, for every ounce of qualified breast milk collected through HHMB, $1 is contributed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in support of breast cancer research.
For other questions or concerns, visit Helping Hands’ FAQ, where a lot of them are addressed:
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