Mother's milk is the ideal nutrition for most all infants. It is especially vital for very premature infants. However, some mothers find it difficult to express their breast milk when their infants are ill and separated from them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Luckily, mothers who produce more milk than their own infant needs can donate their milk for these hospitalized infants. By becoming a donor you will be providing a vital resource to these very small preterm infants at Texas Children's Hospital.
Texas Children’s utilizes Prolacta Bioscience to conduct thorough donor testing and to process and pasteurize the donor milk. Prolacta operates a large, pharmaceutical grade facility that will ensure enough capacity and supply to meet Texas Children’s needs.
A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that infants who received a 100% human milk diet reduced the odds of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) – a life-threatening disease attacking the intestinal tract – by 77% in premature infants weighing less than 2 1/2 pounds compared to infants receiving preterm infant formula or cow's milk based human milk fortifier. Earlier studies have also shown that for infants in the NICU, human milk decreases the incidence of diseases such as NEC, respiratory disease and infections. Texas Children's Hospital has promoted mother's own milk feeding for many years through the Lactation Program. Beginning in January 2009, all infants weighing less than 3 pounds admitted to the hospital were fed donor breast milk if their mothers were unable to provide enough of their own breast milk. As a result of this initiative, we had a large drop in our incidence of NEC and are below the national average.
Become a donor and provide a vital resource to small, preterm infants at Texas Children's Hospital.