A human milk bank collects, screens, stores, processes and distributes donor breast milk.
Milk banks can be smaller and located in connection to a NICU, or they can be bigger milk banks collecting and distributing donated milk both to local hospitals and hospitals within a larger region. Here are examples of how the Miris equipment can be used at donor milk banks.
Using Miris HMA at a Milk Bank
1) The donated milk is divided into bottles, analyzed, labeled with nutritional content and sent out to NICUs. At the NICU the donor milk is given to the infants if the mothers own milk is not available. When the donor milk is labeled with the nutritional content, it enables the neonatologist to optimise the nutritional intake for the individual preterm infant.
2) Donor milk is in many regions pooled (up to four mothers) before analysis, in other regions (like Sweden) donated milk from different mothers are kept separate. Regardless of pooling or no pooling, the donated milk is analysed, marked and categorised based on macronutrient content. An example can be: A (high protein content), B (low protein content) or C (low calory content). Group A is used for the smallest very low birth weight (VLBW) preterms. Milk from different mothers are pooled (low protein milk pooled with high protein milk) and an average milk is created.
3) The breast milk received from a specific mother is analyzed for nutritional content. Depending on the amount of energy, protein, fat or carbohydrates in that milk it is pooled together with other donors’ milk with known content. This is to create and customize breast milk with high content of macronutrients to give to the smallest of the premature infants, minimizing the need to use fortifiers.