Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre

Past Event

Advanced Human Milk Bank and Comprehensive Lactation Management, Training Centre (CLMTRC)



Thursday, January 31, 2019    

Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Pimpri


  • The Department of Pediatrics of Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pimpri and Rotary Club, Nigdi launched YASHODA, Advanced Human Milk Bank and Comprehensive Lactation Management, Training Centre (CLMTRC) at Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre on 31 January, 2019.

    The basic Milk Bank was launched in 2013 and has received wide response. After the inception, the infant mortality rate has gone down from 30 percent to 5 percent at Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre. In the last couple of years, we realized that we had the scope to reach out to wider areas and make it more accessible to people. That is why we are launching YASHODA, Advanced Human Milk Bank and Comprehensive Lactation Management, Training Centre (CLMTRC) to reduce infant mortality rate. Infact, it is the only Milk Bank present in the Pimpri Chinchwad area. It is available free of cost.

     Our own State, Maharashtra has its own set of unique health challenges. One of the most important challenges is the high vulnerability associated with pre-term babies who are significantly under-weight. Providing human breast milk to these fragile babies will help in reducing infection and help save their lives. Keeping in mind the physiological inability of the mother in many cases to breastfeed, human milk banks are important.

    We all know human milk is especially important for premature or sick babies, who are at 10 times the risk for developing intestinal infections if they are fed formula instead of human milk. Secondly, half of the mothers who deliver a baby prematurely are unable to provide their babies with breast milk. Through donor milk, these preterm babies are still able to receive the benefits of breast milk to help them grow and thrive. Some mothers of preterm and sick babies have health complications of their own or may need medications that prevent them from breastfeeding. Yet, the babies of these moms are able to get many of the life-saving benefits of breastfeeding through donated human milk. Human milk contains antibodies to fight disease and infection, and also protects against allergies. Also, human milk contains growth hormones that help babies develop.

    At the Milk Bank, strict screening, processing, and testing guidelines are followed to ensure that banked human milk is safe. We select potential donors using a multi-step screening process. After being collected, donated milk is pooled and pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses.

    In the process, only a small percentage of the milk's beneficial properties are destroyed. The pasteurized and frozen milk (for a period of six months) is made available to needy newborns. Before pasteurized milk is dispensed, bacteriological testing is done to ensure its safety.

    Presently, there are 47 Milk Banks across India and 12 in Maharashtra.

    Present on the occasion were Rotarians from Finland- Dr. Leila and Dr. Juha Ristelli, Dr. Virpi and Dr. Matti Honkala and Dr. Katrina and Dr. Jukka Merkanto, Ms. Bhagyashree Patil, Vice Chairperson, Dr. D. Y. Patil  Vidyapeeth Society, Dr.( Brig) Amarjit Singh, Prinicpal Director & CEO, Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune, Dr. P Vatsalaswamy, Director Academics, Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune, Dr. J S Bhawalakar, Dean, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pune and Dr. N. J. Pawar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune.

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