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For pre-mature newborn in Gujarat, Rajasthan ships mother’s milk

The mother milk bank in Udaipur saved the life of a premature baby girl in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad by transporting mother’s milk for the grossly underweight newborn

jaipur Updated: Oct 17, 2017 21:27 IST
P Srinivasan
P Srinivasan
Hindustan Times
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Divya mother milk bank staff and Devendra Jain (right) taking 48 units of mother milk in ice pack to Ahmedabad.(HT PHOTO)

A mother milk bank in Udaipur has saved the life of a premature baby girl in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad by transporting mother’s milk for the grossly underweight newborn.

“My daughter, who was born a month and half before the due date, weighing less than 850 gm at the time of her birth,” said Devendra Jain, registrar of Sai Tirupathi University in Udaipur.

“She did not gain weight as she needed to be breastfed but her mother did not produce any breast milk due to her premature birth,” he told HT over phone from Ahmedabad.

Born in August, the newborn did not gain weight as required as her mother was unable to breastfeed the baby.

Even after two months, my daughter weight was only 1,360 gram and the doctor treating her at Ahmedabad said the baby needed to feed with mother’s milk, he said.

“I knew about the Divya Mother Milk bank in Udaipur so I approached them requesting for mother milk with a recommendation letter of the doctor in Ahmedabad,” he said.

“I am thankful to the state government and the milk bank authorities as they provided milk for my baby.”

Dr BL Meghwal, in-charge of the Udaipur milk bank said mother milk is very important for the baby’s mental and physical growth.

“The bank received a requisition from Jain for mother milk, but sending the milk to Ahmedabad was a big challenge,” he said.

The government is determined to save the lives of neonates who are deprived of mother milk through the mother milk banks, but we can only provide milk within the state, he said.

The requisition for mother milk with a doctor’s recommendation was forwarded to the state government.

Devendra Agarwal, advisor to the state health department for the fresh raw mother milk bank project said: “The government on humanitarian grounds immediately gave its approval and the milk was sent to Ahmedabad.”

Forty-eight units--one unit is 30ml—of mother milk for six days has been provided to the baby and the government has given its approval to provide mother milk for six months, he said.

The units of mother milk were kept in ice bags and taken to Ahmedabad on October 13 by road within three hours, where it was shifted to a deep freezer to preserve it.

Mother’s milk can be stored for six hours at room temperature, 24 hours in a refrigerator and in a freezer for 72 hours. Mother’s milk can be stored for six months it is frozen at minus 20 degree Celsius.

“After feeding on mother’s milk, my daughter’s weight has increased to 1,488 gm now,” said Jain.

There are 11 government-run mother milk banks in Rajasthan, Agarwal said, adding that from September 14 to October 14, a total of 11,721 mothers have donated 24,39,329 ml milk out of which 8,240 neonates in neonatal intensive care unit have been provide with 62,757 units of mother milk.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 21:26 IST