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Human Milk Bank

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Human Milk Bank

At Surya Hospitals, we have a specialized Human Milk Bank that adheres to strict safety protocols when it comes to the collection, processing and feeding of human breast milk. Our Human Milk Bank also provides donor milk to babies who have been admitted to the NICU due to premature birth or other complications. We have specially trained nurses to feed your little ones gently from time to time. We also offer an outpatient donor milk facility to help mothers who are not able to produce enough milk or suffer from a condition that prevents them from feeding the baby.

Every drop of breast milk is a viable source of nutrition for your little ones. Our dedicated Human Milk Bank at Surya Hospital is committed to providing easy availability of the same in emergency situations

What is a Human Milk Bank?

A human milk bank, also known as a lactarium, is a specialized unit that aims at helping mothers who are not able to feed their little ones post-birth due to an infection or other health complications.

This is done to ensure a continuous supply of nutrition to the baby in a safe environment. The milk is collected from healthy donors after thorough assessment and processed before we feed it to your little ones.

Human Milk Bank Services offered at Surya Hospitals:

  • Storage of MOM and PDHM for premature newborns
  • Pasteurization and testing (for bacterial counts) of donor human milk before being made available for feeding.
  • Arranging transport of milk from the donor to our milk bank
  • Provision of sterile steel containers to mothers who intend to donate human milk
  • Provision of breast pumps for in-house breast milk expression
  • Lactation Consultation (On a chargeable basis)

Why is breast milk important for your little ones?

Breast milk is the primary and ultimate source of nutrition for your little ones. It is loaded with healthy nutrients like fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, that support the healthy growth of your baby and protect them against the risks of infections and diseases.

Experts, across the globe, recommend exclusive breast milk for at least the first 6 months of the baby’s life. Breast milk also helps to support healthy digestion, keeping away problems like constipation and diarrhoea.

There is no substitute for breast milk when it comes to feeding a baby. This is because the volume and composition of the milk keep on changing throughout the day to meet the changing needs of your little one.

Why is breast milk donation important?

Breast milk donation is important because the donated milk can help to save the life of a newborn. This plays a very crucial role in post-natal care for babies who are not able to breastfeed due to any of the above-mentioned reasons. This helps to provide them with all the essential nutrients and ensures that they are not deprived of any of the benefits, which include:

Who is eligible for breast milk donation?

Donating breast milk is a simple process and our team at Surya Hospitals strives to make it completely hassle-free for you. We have a dedicated team to help walk you through the process. If you are willing to donate your milk, the following eligibility factors are to be taken into consideration:

The donor will be requested to share her medical reports while donating her milk by our team to confirm she is healthy and eligible for the donation.

How is breast milk donated?

If you are eligible for the donation, our team will get in touch with you and brief you about how the milk is to be collected, stored and sent and our human milk bank. You will also be given general information about how to clean your nipples, sterilise the pump and preserve the milk. You can also donate milk directly at the bank, where our team is available to readily assist you.

Various steps involved in breast milk donation include:

Frequently Asked Questions

How is donated breast milk processed and screened?

At Surya Hospital we follow a rigorous protocol when it comes to the processing and screening of donor milk, and adhere to stringent quality and safety benchmarks. The mild is carefully screened, pasteurized and stored to feed the babies in times of emergency.

Who can donate breast milk to a human milk bank?

Any lactating woman who is in good health and producing sufficient milk can be a donor. A few screening tests are required to determine one’s eligibility for the same.


Is donor milk as beneficial as a mother's own milk?

Mother’s milk plays a crucial role in supporting the baby’s wellness and development. Human Milk Bank is the best alternative to it in times of need as it helps to support nutrition making sure your little one is getting all the important nutrients from the very beginning.

What conditions can prevent a mother from breastfeeding her baby?

Various conditions that can prevent a woman from breastfeeding her little one include:

  • Contagious infections like Hepatitis and COVID
  • Herpes virus
  • HIV
Can a woman be a milk donor if she smokes or drinks?

No, a woman can not be a milk donor if she drinks or smokes.

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