Saving Infant Lives with Human Milk
This policy brief brings attention to current global policies that support the provision of human milk, including donor human milk from milk banks, and encourages policymakers to take actions that will increase access to donor human milk for sick and vulnerable newborns.
To learn more about the WHO’s newborn health programming, click here.
This article draws on current guidelines and best practices from human milk banks to offer a compilation of universal requirements that provide a foundation for an integrated model of newborn care that is appropriate for low- and high-resource settings alike.
This framework outlines the core requirements and quality principles that should be universal for all human milk banks. We present a compilation of key factors and current practices, based on solid evidence, which implementers and policymakers can use as a guide when developing context-specific guidelines for each facility, region, or country.
Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) planning is a critical step in ensuring the safety and quality of any food product, including donated and processed human milk. PATH developed this trainer’s guide to guide HACCP workshops in human milk banks.
Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) planning is a critical step in ensuring the safety and quality of any food product, including donated and processed human milk. PATH developed this staff workbook to guide HACCP workshops in human milk banks.
This fact sheet provides an overview of human milk banking in a global context.
This fact sheet describes the collaboration between PATH and local leaders in India to scale up integrated human milk banking systems—giving more babies access to lifesaving health and nutrition.
This fact sheet describes how PATH supports Kenyan partners to adapt our existing human milk banking model, called the Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Plus (MBFI+), to meet the country’s needs for newborn care.
This brief provides a summary of the establishment of the first human milk bank in Da Nang City, Viet Nam.
Also available in Vietnamese: Thiết Lập Ngân Hàng Sữa Mẹ Đầu Tiên Tại Việt Nam
Additional Milk Bank Resources and Contacts
- United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
- European Milk Bank Association
- Human Milk Banking Association of North America
- Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa
- Human Milk Banking in Brazil (Portuguese): Rede Brasileira de Bancos de Leite Humano
- Human Milk Banking in South America(Spanish): Programa Ibero-Americano de Bancos de Leite Humano