Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust

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Door Breast Milk: Banking on the Future Human Breast Milk is sometimes a short term gift to a mother and baby.

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Sometimes donor milk is just a short term gift to a mother and baby. This will have a significant impact on the short and long term health of babies.

Some women have challenges to establishing and maintaining their breast milk supply and many would rather use donor milk supply before infant formula.

Human Breast milk protects babies from gut, chest, ear and bladder infections because of immune factors in the milk and ongoing support for immune system development.

The funds raised will go towards keeping the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank going for the total benefit of mothers and babies in the Canterbury area. Rotary is wanting to keep this service free of charge and requires $ 30,000 per year for the pasteurisation of breast milk through the District Health Board and the nursing technical staff to make this possible.

The World Health Organisation says donor milk is the next best thing for babies after milk from baby's own mother, and WHO suggest that human milk banks should be made available wherever possible.

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We are officially launching the first Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank in NZ on Friday. St. George's Hospital have donated the rooms we work from at no cost. However, we have to raise $ 30,000 p/year to pay for the pasteurisation and storage of Breast Milk and to employ qualified staff to oversee the processing of this through the Neo Natal Unit and DHB. We will run this service free of charge from St. George's to all eligible Canterbury mothers and babies and it will be staffed each Wednesday from 12.30 - 2.30pm by volunteers. Some mothers, through no fault of their own, are unable to breast feed their baby but wish to be able to have access to breast milk especially in the first 6-8 weeks of life. It has been stated by the World Health Organisation that breast milk alleviates allergies, digestive problems and gut issues and has long term benefits to the overall long term health of young children.

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Michelle on 16 Feb 2021
We used PDM for the first few days after our son was born late last year. It was such an amazing gift to be able to use breast milk rather than formula until my milk came in. The milk bank is such a great service and we are very grateful.
Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust

A BIG thank you Michelle. We are so grateful for your donation. This will be used to help another mother and baby in your situation. Thank you for your endorsement of our service.

Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust
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Guest Donor on 15 Aug 2019
Katherine on 29 Jun 2018
Ali Bigwood
Ali Bigwood on 29 Jun 2018
Fantastic stuff! Fingers crossed we can get more milk banks just like this nationwide

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