Breast Milk has been shown by many research studies to be the absolute best food for babies.
It confers many protective health benefits that, amazingly, continue well into adult life. Fernandez Hospital believes it is vital that breast milk should be available for the newborn until the mother is able to feed the baby herself.
We run a Donor Milk Bank that receives milk from other mothers. The milk is very carefully screened, in a manner similar to the way Blood Banks screen donors. New mothers at Fernandez Hospital are often happy to help others who may be experiencing difficulties. So, after they have fed their own babies, they express the extra milk into special containers. This milk is then pasteurized, screened and stored in a deep freezer. When the need arises and with prior consent, the frozen milk is thawed and fed to the newborn that needs it.