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How do milk banks work?

It surprises people to know that milk banks still exist, thinking that they will have all been closed because of the incidence of HIV. There are now seventeen in the UK alone that have saved the lives of countless babies and will go on doing so in the future! The UK Association of milk banks (UKAMB) introduced guidelines in 1994 making sure practices are safe, they are continually revised. You may wish to consider donating breast milk yourself!

The milk within the banks is collected from women in the hospital or in the community all of whom have been tested for HIV and other infections. The milk is then pasteurised to make it safe for use in the baby units around the country. You can find out more information on the UKAMB website: www.ukamb.org

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