Breast milk is increasingly becoming the standard of care for premature infants. For these vulnerable patients. Breast milk contains specific immune and growth factors needed for development not found in formula. The smallest premature babies in particular have immature digestive and immune systems and are especially at risk of a potentially fatal complication called NEC – Necrotizing Enterocolitis – a devastating digestive tract infection that destroys portions of the newborn’s bowels, requiring dangerous and costly surgery and prolonged hospital stays. Many preemies stricken with NEC do not survive or have permanent damage to their intestines. Studies show that feeding premature babies exclusively with breast milk reduces the chances of these and many other complications of prematurity.
International Milk Bank will fill this dire need and to provide safety assured milk to NICUs and hospitals. Our donor testing and processing procedures are specifically designed for the needs premature babies. including all milk being free of Bacillus Cerberus, a pathogenic bacterium that cannot be removed through pasteurization.