Human Milk Bank service appeals for more donor mums

THE Western Trust’s Human Milk Bank service based at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, is appealing for more donor mums to come forward and help to provide essential donor breast milk for babies in neonatal units in hospitals throughout Ireland as we go into the busy Summer period.

Elizabeth (Liz) Bailie, Human Milk Bank co-ordinator, expressed her thanks to all our milk bank donors for their support.

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 premature babies, particularly as we go into the busy summer months as we know from previous years this can be a time when neonatal units require additional stocks of donor milk.”

Liz added: “In 2021 the Human Milk Bank provided donor milk for 844 premature babies, of which 234 were either a twin or a triplet.

"So you can see it is essential that we continue to recruit donors at this time.

"I would appeal to expectant mums to consider becoming a donor and for our donor mums to spread the word about the Human Milk Bank as this is the best way to help us recruit new mums."

If you would like to find out more about the Human Milk Bank and becoming a donor contact the Human Milk Bank on 028 68628333 or email tmb.swah@westerntrust.hscni.net

A video showing a short tour of the facility, the Human Milk Bank processes and how donated breast milk is distributed to help premature babies all over Ireland is available of the Western Trust’s website www.westerntrust.hscni.net or the Western Trust’s You tube channel.

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