A human milk bank is a centre to collect, screen, test, and store donor milk collected from healthy lactating mothers. In India, these centres are called Comprehensive Lactation Management Centres (CLMCs).
India has 57 CLMCs across different states. To know more about CLMCs, click here.
The primary function of a CLMC is make sure that every child receives breast milk. A CLMC performs three functions
1. It supports breastfeeding by helping new mothers breastfeed and resolve their lactation issues.
2. It helps mothers to express milk for their own babies and to donate excess milk to the CLMC.
3. It tests, stores, and pasteurizes collected milk and feeds it to vulnerable babies who do not have access to their mothers milk due to unavoidable reasons.
Every CLMC follows a robust process to ensure that milk is treated and stored as per the Government of India guidelines (National Guidelines for Lactation Management Centres for Public Health Facilities). Click here to know about the guidelines.
The national guidelines mandate that all staff must be trained. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The national guidelines recommend that all CLMCs develop a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points plan (HACCP). PATH has developed a HACCP training toolkit. To know more, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You can refer to the “National Guidelines on Lactation Management Centres in Public Health Facilities, it provides an architectural plan as well as mandatory and desired equipment required in a CLMC.
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