The mother donated 172 liters of milk to the bank

Everyday, when she is breastfeeding, Do Phuong Quyen, 37 years old, squeezes more milk into the freezer bottle to donate to the breast milk bank.

On a daily basis, Quyen holds about a liter of milk. At 8 liters, she informed the staff of the breast milk bank at Tu Du Hospital to receive it once. Over the past six months, a total of 172 children have donated 172 liters of milk to the bank, helping the hospital to raise orphans and needy babies who are being treated at the hospital.

“Luckily, my local body had a lot of milk, my baby had a lot of breastfed milk, so it was convenient to give to the bank,” Quyen shared. The mother also shyly smiled: “I have no secret to much milk at all”.

This woman is now the “mother who gives the most milk to the breast milk bank” since the bank was founded in April. At that time, Quyen was in the second month after giving birth. She actively contacted the breast milk bank to request a donation.

“Dairy bank staff asked for a lot of screening information, requested tests to prove that they were not infected with HIV, hepatitis B, C, syphilis … Because I had a caesarean section, I had available the results. this experience, “remembers Quyen.

On the morning of November 12, Do Phuong Quyen and her husband carried her 8-month-old daughter to Tu Du Hospital to sum up the 6 months of establishment of a breast milk bank.

Mr. Nguyen Huu Tien, 39 years old, Mrs. Quyen’s husband said that she always supports her wife to express milk to give birth to premature babies, children with diseases who need breast milk. In addition to encouraging his wife, he also helps to clean the milking device, store milk. He and his wife have just given a freezer milk storage to Tu Du Hospital.

In addition to Quyen, Nguyen Thanh Tam is the second milk donor with 142 liters. Ms Tam thinks that only a few times a woman will have the opportunity to give birth and give breast milk. On March 16, when she gave birth to the second baby, Ms. Tam was shared by the nurses in the waiting room about her mother’s breast milk bank. She did not hesitate to register on the donation list.

Initially, Tam intended to contribute milk to online groups, helping infants who are breastfed. When she learned that the breast milk bank was established, she was assured that she would choose to donate here because the milk is screened, through pasteurization, so the quality of the babies should be used.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Tu Anh, Head of Neonatology Department, Tu Du Hospital, said after 6 months of operation, the breast milk bank was able to mobilize 135 mothers to donate, of which 120 mothers were eligible to donate more than 2,000 liters. milk during the time they raise children. In addition to mothers taking care of premature babies who are being treated at a donation hospital, many mothers outside the community also actively deposit milk into banks.

Breast milk bank runs 235 pasteurized milk periods, on average, two times a day and 6 days a week to meet demand. A total of 2,768 infants were given pasteurized breastmilk. Many cases are free of charge because of poor families, seriously ill mothers or death mothers, one case of Cambodian mother, difficult family.

The bank screens and selects donated breastmilk according to strict procedures to ensure the safety of babies. After receiving, transporting to the bank, breast milk is pasteurized, tested, preserved safely before breastfeeding.

Dr. Le Quang Thanh, Director of Tu Du Hospital, said the breast milk bank has helped save many premature babies. The hospital’s premature and premature infant mortality rates improved since all babies were fed breast milk or pasteurized breast milk provided by the bank, no longer using formula milk. The death rate of extremely premature infants under 28 weeks of gestation has decreased by about 20% compared to before the breast milk bank.

For premature babies, sick newborns, weak physique, breast milk is not merely nutrition but meaningful survival. Without breast milk, these babies are susceptible to necrotizing enterocolitis, weak resistance, life-threatening …

The breast milk bank at Tu Du Hospital is expanding its network so that by 2020, pasteurized breast milk can be provided to seriously ill newborns being treated at three children’s hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. In the morning of November 12, Tu Du Hospital signed a cooperation agreement with Phuong Chau International Hospital to make this facility become a network of breast milk banks, helping mothers in the Mekong Delta region to have conditions to donate. milk.
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