Public Mothers' Milk Bank
The Public Mothers’ Milk Bank provides pasteurized milk with a recognized nutritional value to babies born at 32 weeks or earlier treated at the following hospitals:
- Centre mère-enfant du CHUQ
- CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine
- Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC
- Hôpital Fleurimont du CHUS
- Jewish General Hospital
- Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
- Royal Victoria Hospital
Héma-Québec provides optimal-quality mother’s milk by pasteurizing it, following a rigorous donor selection process and conducting laboratory tests.
- Donors are tested for syphilis, hepatitis B (HBSAg and anti-HBc) and C (anti-HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (anti-HIV 1/2), human T-lymphotropic virus I and II (anti-HTLV I/II) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Nucleic acid testing (NAT) is also performed for hepatitis B and C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HCV/HBV/HIV-1).
- The mother’s milk is analyzed to obtain the following nutritional values: lipids/100 ml, proteins/100 ml and kilocalories/100 ml.
- A sterility test is performed on the milk after pasteurization and before freezing to ensure that the product is free of all microbial contaminants.
The final product is distributed in sterile polypropylene bottles containing no phthalate or bisphenol A.
To find out more, refer to the information insert (in French).