Héma-Québec courting new mothers to fill a pressing need for milk

According to Héma-Québec, the province’s public breast milk bank is composed of a lack of donors that could have serious consequences.

The reserve, which is managed by Héma-Québec, was created in 2014 to provide a boost to mothers who give birth early and who struggle to produce enough milk to feed their child after a period of Gestation of 32 weeks or less.

In an ideal world, the organization would like to have 300 donors.

It has just under 200.

According to Héma-Québec’s spokesperson, Laurent Paul Ménard, this shortage has a serious impact.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, he explained that the Bank “is not currently able to meet the needs of neonatal units that provide care to very premature babies”.

Calling New Moms

To remedy the situation, Mr. Ménard wished to appeal to new mothers who are breastfeeding infants under 12 months old and who produce milk in abundance.

He invited them to offer their surpluses to the Bank, arguing that their generosity could help “save the lives of pre-term babies”.

To encourage them to take action, Laurent Ménard insisted that the process of collecting donations has been simplified to the extreme to “adapt it to the reality of the new mother”.

“Everything happens at Mom’s home. It is really a system that is designed so that it can take its surplus milk and put it in its freezer. Then, at regular intervals, she has only to communicate with Héma-Québec, which sends a courier service to go and get the milk at her house, “he said.

“Even for registration procedures, everything can be done from home to have as little impact as possible on the daily life of a mother of a very young child,” he added.

The donors must be of good general health, non-smokers and come from the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Quebec City, Laurier-Station or Saint-Basile.

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