The Western Trust’s Human Milk Bank service are supporting World Human Milk Donation Day, which is held globally each year on 19 May.
Liz Bailie, Human Milk Bank Coordinator expressed her thanks to all our milk bank donors for their continued support during the Covid-19 Pandemic she said: "We are indebted to our donor mums who have continued to provide essential donor breast milk for babies in neonatal units in hospitals throughout Ireland.
The Human Milk Bank staff are working very hard to ensure this vital service remains available to all our vulnerable babies, through these uncertain times.
Liz added: “It is essential that we continue to recruit donors at this very challenging time and I would appeal to expectant mums to consider becoming a donor. Breastfeeding is one of the best protections for babies and mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding, if they are able and continue to donate."
"We have changed how we collect donor milk because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We ask donors to keep donor milk in their freezer for two weeks to ensure that if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19 that they can inform the Human Milk Bank service.”
Liz concluded: “We remain gratefully for the support of the Voluntary Blood Bikers, who continue to transport our much needed donor Milk.”