Donated Human Breast Milk: Lifesaver for Premature Babies

Sep, 03, 2014

By Fredrica Syren:

Copyright green-mom.com 2014
Copyright green-mom.com 2014

When we moved from the U.S. to Sweden last year, my huge stash of frozen breast milk posed a question for me: what to do with it. When I mentioned to my pediatrician that I had over 200 mil. of breast milk that would have to be thrown away, he became super excited and asked me if I would consider donating it. This had never crossed my mind. Why not?! I love the idea that my leftover milk could help feed another mom’s baby. My pediatrician even called it “liquid gold” and told me how valuable it is to a premature baby.

Breast milk is the best option for any baby born without complications, but for a baby born prematurely, it can be life saving. One of the biggest problems facing these infants is receiving enough calories and protein for their development and survival. When fed breast milk instead of hard-to-digest formulas, premature babies have a higher survival rate. Human breast milk contains immunological and anti-inflammatory properties, especially important for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Breast milk banks fulfill a very important role for a baby whose mother’s milk might be lacking or whose mother is physically unable to provide milk at all. These banks serve to help babies and parents by collecting breast milk. For the donor, it’s a simple and safe process. Who would not feel good about helping new babies thrive?

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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