Milk bank inaugurated at Chandigarh PGIMER
The neonatal unit of PGIMER on Thursday inaugurated a human milk bank.
Former director and head of the paediatrics department Dr BNS Walia and former head of the paediatrics and neonatal department Dr ON Bhakoo were present on the occasion.
Human milk will be collected from eligible mothers and stored in the milk bank. After pasteurisation and screening for infections, it will be given to preterm babies whose own mothers are not able to provide milk.
This is the second milk bank in the region. There are more than 100 milk banks across the country and the government aims to establish comprehensive lactation management centres (CLMCs) in all medical colleges and districts to improve breastmilk feeding rates.
PGIMER has a very high number of preterm deliveries and the milk bank is expected to provide for sick and preterm babies if their own mothers’ milk is not available.
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