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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1-4

Review Human milk banking: Indian perspective

1 Secretary - IYCF Chapter of IAP & Joint Secretary - Human Milk Banking Association of, India
2 Ex- Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College Amravati, Maharashtra, India

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Satish Tiwari
Ex- Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College Amravati, Maharashtra
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Getting the best possible start in life is birth right of each and every newborn. The choice of feeding is direct at mother’s breast, if not possible then expressed Mother’s Own Milk, then donated fresh milk, then pasteurized donated human milk and lastly animal milk. The unregulated and uncontrolled use of animal or formula milk continues in our society endangering health of the future generation. Though wet nursing had been in practice since mythological ages, modern human milk banking is in infancy in India. In India burden of LBW babies in various hospitals is about 30% to 40% with significant mortality and morbidities. Human milk banks are primarily focused to provide donor milk to high risk newborns. Human Milk dispensing strategy for sick babies is an innovative strategy that has been implemented with much success in reducing hospital stay, improved outcome, low infection rates and enhancement of Intellectual and emotional quotient. At present there are no laws governing human milk banks in India. The various stakeholders agreed that human milk banks are “need of the hour” and must be promoted, established and maintained preferably in all neonatal set-ups or critical care units. There is need for government and policy makers to frame guidelines, legislations, rules so as to protect the rights of mother and child. Human Milk Banking is an important medical-social initiative as far as future of human race is concerned. Hence Government, health experts and civil society must join hands to propagate concept of human milk banking for sake of thousands of LBW and preterm babies.

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