SCB, Capital Hospital to soon have Mothers’ Milk Banks

Cuttack: The authorities of the SCB Medical College & Hospital have launched an awareness campaign to involve more lactating women to donate breast milk to a Mother’s Milk Bank mooted by the State Government in SCB and Capital Hospitals.

The Odisha government, for the first time, has decided to set up mothers’ milk bank in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar in a bid to ensure that the neonatal babies are not deprived of mother’s milk,

A team of doctors of the Paediatrics department led by the head of the department Prof Leena Das are leaving for Hyderabad on December 21 for training on managing such banks.

Prof Das told reporters that a place inside Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) would be identified for the bank.

Further, steps would be taken for proper preservation of the mothers’ milk while breast pump and milk testing equipment would also be procured so that the lactating mothers admitted to the SNCU ward.

The Paediatric ward can feed their baby with the milk from the bank, Das said.

“We have begun an awareness campaign to educate and convince these mothers about the benefit of the mothers’ milk and involve them to donate breast milk to the bank to facilitate the newborn babies, who are deprived of mothers’ milk after the death of their mother,” she added.

According to her, breast milk is not only better digested but has a number of anti-infective substances that prevent diarrhoea and other infections in premature and sick babies.

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