For every 1000 children born in India, 40 die as infants; making it the highest infant mortality rate amongst it’s neighbours—Sri Lanka (12 per 1000), Nepal (31 per 1000) and China (31 per 1000).

India also has the highest number of low birth weights babies and its neonatal mortality rate (NMR) stands at 28 per 1000 live births (as recorded in 2013).

One of the United Nations’ millennial goals to be achieved by 2030 is a reduction of IMR around the world, and that can be done by ensuring is mother’s milk is available to neonates otherwise deprived of the same. The WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend that the best feed for a baby who cannot be breastfed is milk expressed from their own mother or from another healthy mother. Recently, a step towards ensuring the same was taken in Delhi with the opening of its first Pasteurized Human Milk Bank.

The WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend that the best feed for a baby who cannot be breastfed is milk expressed from their own mother or from another healthy mother. Recently, a step towards ensuring the same was taken in Delhi with the opening of its first Pasteurized Human Milk Bank.

Recently, a step towards ensuring the same was taken in Delhi with the opening of its first Pasteurized Human Milk Bank.

Fortis La Femme in collaboration with the Breast Milk Foundation opened Delhi’s first and one of India’s only 14 human milk banks—Amaara. Amara will make available heated human milk to infants hospitalized in Fortis’ neonatal intensive care units as well as those admitted to other hospitals, informed CEO of Fortis Healthcare, Bhavdeep Singh.

Milk once donated will be tested, cleaned and frozen (for a period of maximum six months) and made available to needy newborns.

Feeding these babies with donor breast milk through human milk banks can have a significant impact on reducing neonatal mortality, one of the key goals of the National Health Mission, Government of India.
The Breast Milk Foundation in collaboration with Fortis La Femme’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also endeavors to spread awareness on the concept of Human Milk Banking through educational programs amongst potential donors as well as receivers.

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