The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) has
launched a scheme to collect breast milk from new mothers who are back home
after their hospital stay. The milk will be available for mothers who are
unable to breastfeed.
The hospital announced that it will be screening the milk
for bacteria and later the milk would be pasteurized and freezed before
"Breast milk can be stored in the freezer for up to
three months, so we are encouraging women who produce more milk than their own
baby needs to donate it because it is a valuable source of nutrients and
protection against infection for babies," said sister Karen Read.
Would-be donors have
to be non-smoking and alcohol-free. The hospital plans to conduct tests before
it accepts donations. Mothers who are HIV positive or are undergoing
chemotherapy are not eligible to donate breast milk.