According to World Health Organizations (WHO) over 1,000,000 babies die every year from complications associated with prematurity, and it is the leading cause of death for infants under 4 weeks old. And breastmilk is the most valuable and the only food needed by babies during their first yearin life. All the needed nutrients like calories and protein are included in the mother’s milk.
Breast milk also contains anti-viral ingredients which serves as the baby’s defense from diseases. That is why Exclusive Breastfeeding is very important for a baby’s health and development. The practice of breastfeeding a baby within the first hour after being born help boost the baby’s immunity from childhood diseases and proven to reduce infant death.
One of the biggest problem premature infant’s faces is receiving enough calories and protein to develop and survive, a problem that can be addressed through breast milk donations. And having access to have human breast milk for those infant in need is very important. Donating breast milk is an easy process that can drastically improve the life of a baby.
Under the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, government and private health institutions are required to set up milk banks.
In the Philippines, there are 4 milk banks operated by government hospitals; Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital, Philippine General Hospital and Zamboanga City Medical Center.
Quezon City is the second LGU to operate its own human milk bank in the National Capital Region. Makati City started its own in 2013.
The Local Government of Quezon City initiates to establish a Human Milk Bank section in Quezon City General Hospital as mandated by a 2012 ordinance authorized by District V, Councilor Juliene Alyson Rae Medalla, which highlights the importance of breastmilk in promoting adequate nutrition to babies and in the treatment of conditions associated with prematurity and other neonatal illnesses. The project is also supported by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
According to the ordinance behind the QCHMB, it shall operate on a non-profit basis and will “only require a minimal processing fee for screening andadministrative costs.”
The Quezon City Government inaugurated the Quezon City Human Milk Bank at the city-owned QC General Hospital formally opened March 23, 2015, in line with the campaign to ensure the health of newborns and infants in need of an ample supply of breast milk. In support of QC Human Milk Bank. Quezon City Health Department scheduled various milk letting activities to the community and 7 Lying-In of the Health Department.
Donate breastmilk to the bank or to the 7 lying-in centers in the city:
- San Francisco Lying-In
San Vicente St. cor. Padilla St., QC
- Batasan Hills Lying-In
IBP Road cor. Commonwealth Avenue., QC
- Betty Go Belmonte Lying-In
Artillery Rd., Garcia Heights, Barangay. Holy Spirit, QC
- Murphy Lying-In
18th Avenue, Barangay San Roque
- Kamuning Lying-in
19 T. Gener St., cor. K 5th St., Barangay Kamuning
- ArseniaMaximo Lying-In
Quirino Highway, Barangay Novaliches Proper
- Sta Lucia Lying-In
Barangay Sta. Lucia Plaza beside Barangay Hall
Thru the initiatives of Quezon City Health Department headed by Dr. Verdades P. Linga, City Health Officer III, continuously conducting milk letting activities being held in various barangay in the city are aimed to provide breast milk to premature infants, and those suffering malabsorption, feeding intolerance, immunologic deficiencies, congenital anomalies and post-operative surgical conditions and those whose mother’s cannot express enough breast milk or who cannot feed their child because they have no milk at all.