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It is a well-known and scientifically proven fact that mother's milk contains the essential growth hormones and immunity factors that are extremely necessary for the healthy development of a baby. Breastmilk is in itself a source of optimum nutrition for babies of up to six months of age and should be ideally continued till the baby turns two.
But what if the child is born to a mother who is unable to produce milk or cannot supply her own breastmilk due to the fear of passing certain diseases? Or what if the child is born to a surrogate mother and neither the own mother is able to produce milk, nor wants the surrogate to feed the child? Or what if the child is born to a surrogate to a single father?
This is where Human Milk Banks come to rescue. It is a service where breastmilk is collected from nursing mothers, screened for any infections, processed, and stored to be dispensed, as and when required. The practice has got a lot of momentum in the recent times as it is not only completely safe for the babies but also for the volunteers.
Milk banks are a popular alternative to infant formula as the breastmilk from milk banks enables the newborns to get all the nutrition needed for healthy growth and also serve as a safe and wholesome diet when it comes to the well-being of neonates.