Human Milk Shortage

There is a critical shortage of standard donor milk. Currently in the U.S. and around the world there is not enough banked milk to meet the demand even for those with the most critical need, the premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The current U.S. NICU demand is 63 million ounces annually and even with a collective effort of all milk banks, only 9 million ounces of standard milk was supplied to NICU’s (2014), filling a fraction of the demand for premature babies.   Preemie milk, non-standard high calorie milk, is the primary need of NICU’s but due to the extreme shortage; they rarely have the option to purchase.  NICU’s are forced to buy standard milk (when available) and then supplement it with very costly additives and fortifiers to bring up the protein and calorie levels to mimic preemie milk.With the mission to end the international shortage IMB is currently building a milk processing facility in Reno, Nevada.  Our collection, screening, and proprietary processing standards will exceed the FDA’s Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) as well as HMBANA safety and quality standards. It is our aim to produce safe, disease and drug free standardized milk that hospitals, NICU’s and parents can count on and to assure that every baby in need has access to safe, affordable milk.

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