Thursday, 07 March 2013 13:25
District 2 Councilor Lilia Nuño, Chairman of the Committee on Health and Sanitation in the City Council lauds the establishment last month of a Human Milk Bank Inside Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).
Nuño said in an interview, “It’s long overdue. Supposed to be last October we already had our milk bank. I’m happy because the milk bank is already operational at ZCMC.”
The lady councilor appealed, “We are asking those women who have excess milk to donate to the milk bank and this will be given to the babies who need it most.”
ZCMC Human Milk Bank is catering to the needs of babies who need breast milk whose mothers are not capable of providing.
The milk from the ZCMC Milk Bank came from healthy lactating mothers from the ZCMC Ward 1.
The milk goes to the sick babies in the ZCMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The milk is first being extracted from the mother through breast pump then it goes to a process called pasteurization and stored inside the freezer. The pasteurized milk can be stored for six to 12 months.
The funding for the pasteurizer, freezers, and the breast pumps came from the Unicef and costs millions of pesos.
In time, the program will be spread and also brought out to the whole community and healthy babies.
For interested healthy lactating mothers who want to donate their breast milk, they just have to undergo screening at ZCMC, pass an interview and fill up some forms. The mothers must have no history of kidney or other tissue transplant, smoking, drinking, and tattoo.
Breastfeeding babies is very important from six months to two years old because the nutrients from the breast milk are specially intended for babies unlike commercial milk which most of the time comes from cow’s milk.
Breastfeeding will boost the baby’s immune system. It will strengthen the mother and child bond, and it will address the economic problem since there will be no more need to buy commercial milk.
The city according to the lady councilor already created several measures to promote breastfeeding such as the putting up of lactation stations so mothers can breastfeed even in public places, peer education for information dissemination, and the opening of the Milk Bank at ZCMC.
By R.G. Antonet Go
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