The Human Milk Foundation

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Rothamsted Research,West Common


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The Human Milk Foundation charity provides donor human milk to sick premature babies in neonatal intensive care units and to mums at home with cancer. Much like donated human blood, donor human milk can be life-saving. Premature babies are at risk of a serious condition called necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) - more babies die from NEC each year than childhood leukaemia. Human milk protects babies against developing NEC, but when a baby is born early often mum is unable to produce her own milk, so donor milk acts like a medicine to protect the baby whilst mum recovers and establishes her own supply. 

We are the UK's first independent non-profit human milk bank and we want to grow to be able to support more families across the UK so that any baby who could benefit can access donor milk. 

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