The paediatric experts say that the lives of many premature infants, whose mothers are unable to produce sufficient quantity of milk, can be saved by offering them the pasteurised breast milk donated by nursing mothers.
Several studies have been conducted to show that breast milk is the best milk for the newborn babies, as it help in the development of healthy growth patterns, the immune system becomes strong to fight against several diseases, and also decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Dr. Sharon Unger, who is a pediatrician in Canada, believes that it's high time that human milk banks should be set up in the country.
It is worth mentioning that as many as 350,000 children born in Canada every year, out of which around 7% of the babies are born premature.
Unger stated that about 95% nursing mothers pump breast milk, but only 50% are able to produce sufficient quantity for their infants. She is also hopeful that the scheme would work and will save many lives.
The European Milk Bank Association says that all over the world the milk banks are quite popular. There are 155 milk banks in 23 countries, but only 11 in North America.
Unger also said that the donor mothers will undergo the same test that is conducted for those who donate blood.
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