Wonderful news for mothers who need a little help to feed their babies in those precious early days...
Today in news we love, Singapore now has its very own breast milk donation bank! This is a hugely welcome development for new mums who are unable to produce enough breast milk for their bubs, especially those who are caring for a premature and/or sick little one. Mothers’ support groups on Facebook are already filled with comments from women offering to donate: let’s get behind this brilliant program, nursing mums!
The milk bank has launched as a three-year pilot at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and is a first for Singapore. The concept, already in place in many countries around the world, is simple: mums with excess breast milk freeze and donate their milk, which is then screened, processed and stored ready for use by those in need. Some of the HoneyKids mums know first-hand just how life-saving donor milk can be: if you have an abundant supply, you can make all the difference for another mum and bub.
Interested in becoming a donor? Nursing mothers with babies under one year old are eligible, and KK is conducting interviews and screenings from next week. Get in touch by calling the Temasek Cares Donor Human Milk Programme on 6394 1986, or via email at [email protected]
This is a fantastic step towards helping new babies thrive in their first days of life, no matter the circumstances, because #fedisbest, and further evidence that Singapore is becoming an even more breastfeeding friendly nation. Hurrah!
Like this story? Here’s more we think you’ll enjoy!
The best places to breastfeed in Singapore
Your ultimate guide to baby essentials: Feeding
Vaccination need-to-knows: immunising your baby or child
The best paediatricians in Singapore, as recommended by parents