Public Mothers' Milk Bank
When the happy day arrives sooner than expected
For some pregnant mothers, the much-anticipated delivery day arrives sooner than expected.
Giving birth prematurely is a shock that has its share of challenges, including breastfeeding. About one third of mothers who deliver prematurely have difficulty producing enough milk to feed their infant. This inability to breastfeed is compromised either by illness or medication.
We know that pasteurized breast milk is beneficial for babies born prematurely at 32 weeks or less who need medical care and whose mothers cannot breastfeed.
By accepting to share your surplus milk, you are providing an invaluable service to these mothers and their premature babies. In Québec with its love of children, there is no greater proof of solidarity between mothers.
A bank serving a tightly knit community of mothers
Each year in Québec, some 1,000 premature babies whose mothers cannot breastfeed benefit from the generosity of mothers who share their surplus milk by donating it to Héma-Québec’s Public Mothers’ Milk Bank.
The milk donated by these mothers is tested, processed and pasteurized, then sent to hospitals where it is used to treat babies born before 32 weeks’ gestation. Your breast milk holds many benefits for premature babies. It helps protect their digestive tract, encourages the development of their intestinal flora, reduces future risks of hospitalizations and helps them reach a satisfactory weight more quickly.