Last May the breast milk bank moved from location VUmc to location AMC. At this location the breast milk bank can expand, which is necessary because in the past year donor milk also became available for premature infants at Maxima MC Veldhoven and UMC Groningen. There has also been a lot of research into breast milk recently. For example, doctor-researchers from the breast milk bank have shown that mothers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus produce antibodies in their breast milk that can protect the child against COVID-19. This work has all been made possible by various sponsors, and so now 80% of all premature babies in the Netherlands have access to donor milk. We are working towards the 100%.
Nutrition in the first phase of a baby has a huge impact: fewer infections, less incidence of NEC, faster on full enteral nutrition. In collaboration with SANQUIN, the Dutch blood bank, Emma Children's Hospital at the Amsterdam UMC organizes a breastmilk bank to enable mothers who cannot breastfeed their baby themselves, to still give all the benefits of breastmilk to their babies. Donors are screened (medication/diet/smoking/alcohol/drugs etc). Donor milk is always traceable from donor to recipient and vice versa. The "liquid gold" costs EUR 318 per liter, which translates to EUR 48 per day for a child of 1 kg. Help us feed 25 babies for 15 days!
- Total Donors9
- End DateFebruary 28, 2024
- Remaining Time385 Days Left