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May 19th is World Day of Human Milk Donation

World Day of Human Milk Donation originated in Brazil in 2004. Since then, there are more than 750 milk banks in 66 countries, and over one million litres of donor human milk have been given to more than 800,000 infants each year.
Milk from a baby’s own mother/parent is always the first preference. Sometimes, however, their milk isn’t available. In this case, human donor milk is the next best option.
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Human milk is best for all babies, as it has active beneficial properties and is similar to mother's/parent's own milk. It provides babies with antibodies to fight infection and disease.

BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank screens milk donors, collects, heat-treats (pasteurizes) donated human milk, and distributes it to hospitals in B.C. Currently, the Milk Bank ships human milk to over 20 hospitals, including all 14 BC NICUs. The demand for milk is high and often exceeds supply. New donors are always needed.

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