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Donor Breastmilk

Milk banks provide human milk for breastfed babies in Neonatal units who are premature or sick. They also provide milk for babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed themselves due to medical conditions or treatments such as chemotherapy. 

If you want your baby to have breastmilk but feel you may need the support of the milk bank please speak to your midwife who will be able to help.

If you are breastfeeding and producing more breastmilk than your baby can drink you can donate excess milk to the milk bank to support other babies and mothers and give the valuable gift of breastmilk to babies who really need it. All donations are most gratefully received - if you are interested please click on the link below and see how you can donate and make a difference.

*Click here* to find out more about East Anglia's first milk bank based in Norwich.

Please see the video below from the Human Milk Foundation to see how important donor milk is. 

Who Can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.

It may help in the first instance to look again at our page on Positioning and Attachment and *click here* to read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby. 

If you would like to make connections with other parents please click on the links for our Just One Norfolk Community Forum; the Norfolk Community Directory and Early Childhood & Family Service (ECFS) below

 

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