Every mama has a different breastfeeding journey. For some, breastfeeding comes easily while other moms might face more challenges when feeding their babies. We hope this helps you in your journey. Although donor breast milk is the best alternative for feeding babies, it does not have all the same benefits of breastfeeding.
Guidelines for Flash-Heat Pasteurization
Effect of pasteurization on immune components of milk: implications for feeding preterm infants.
Donor milk is the best alternative for the feeding of preterm newborns when mother's own milk is unavailable. For safety reasons, it is usually pasteurized by the Holder method Holder pasteurization results in a microbiological safe product but impairs the activity of many biologically active compounds such as immunoglobulins, enzymes, cytokines, growth factors, hormones or oxidative stress markers. High-temperature short-time HTST pasteurization has been proposed as an alternative for a better preservation of some of the biological components of human milk although, at present, there is no equipment available to perform this treatment under the current conditions of a human milk bank.
How a human milk bank works
Why pasteurize? There have been studies that show possible bacteria contamination in breast milk. There are also concerns of infectious diseases that come from unscreened donors.
According to the Ross Mothers Survey, which has been tracking breastfeeding data for years, breastfeeding at birth has increased from approximately 25 percent in the early s to 75 percent in The overall benefit of feeding babies breast milk instead of formula is well established. In , the U. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report showing that babies who are formula-fed instead of breastfed are at increased risk for asthma, acute ear infections, diarrhea, and SIDS sudden infant death syndrome. But less than half of all mothers are able to breast feed their babies to age six months as recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics, and just a fifth of those breastfeed for an entire year.