Each year in Australia, thousands of babies are born prematurely and some of them can face significant health challenges. These challenges can be reduced if they receive breast milk early on, but sometimes mums of premature babies can struggle to produce enough milk.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Milk Bank is here to help. The Milk Bank collects, processes and then distributes donated human breast milk to premature babies in need.
You can support the Milk Bank today by making a financial donation. Your donation will help fund:
- Breast milk expressing kits for donors
- Equipment, such as pasteurisers, freezers and testing of the donated milk to ensure its safe for premature babies
- Expanding the Milk Bank to provide access to more premature babies across Australia
- Research that deepens our understanding of early childhood health
The Milk Bank was launched in September 2018 and currently supplies donated milk to neonatal intensive care units in South Australia and New South Wales. Donated breast milk is given by volunteer donors who have excess breast milk, and who have undergone health and lifestyle screening and testing.