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Manipal: ’Human Milk Bank’ opened at Kasturba Hospital.

Manipal: ’Human Milk Bank’ opened at Kasturba Hospital.


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Manipal, Jun 11, 2024: The first Human Breast Milk Bank of Udupi “Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank” was inaugurated on June 11 by Mamatha Devi G S, additional deputy commissioner and additional district magistrate, Udupi district, who was the chief guest for the function. Dr I P Gadad, district health and family welfare officer, Udupi district, was the guest of honour for the programme. Dr Padmaraj Hegde, dean, KMC Manipal, Dr Avinash Shetty, medical superintendent, Kasturba Hospital, Dr (Retd VAdm) Sheila S Mathai, NM,VSM, professor and head of department of Neonatalogy were present


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The Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank is an initiative of the Manipal Foundation in collaboration with Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and is the first of its kind in Udupi district. It is situated in the Department of Neonatology, which has a tertiary care NICU catering to sick and preterm infants across several state districts.

Mamatha Devi G S inaugurated the Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank, marking the establishment of Udupi district’s first Human Milk Bank. Expressing her delight, she stated, "Mother’s breast milk is like an elixir or medicine for babies. It is crucial for newborns to receive breast milk in their early days as it significantly improves their health." This initiative aims to ensure that more infants benefit from the vital nutrients found in breast milk, promoting healthier beginnings for the district’s youngest residents.

Dr I P Gadad released the educational brochure and said "Kasturba Hospital Manipal has always been at the forefront of introducing innovative projects to the community," He highlighted the critical need to raise awareness about the importance of breast milk, ensuring that all newborns receive the essential nutrients found in breast milk during their early days. The educational brochure aims to inform and educate parents about the numerous benefits of breast milk, emphasising its role in providing vital nutrition to newborns.

Dr Padmaraj Hegde welcomed the gathering, emphasising the importance of this initiative in promoting healthier beginnings for the district’s youngest residents. This effort aims to ensure that more infants benefit from the vital nutrients found in breast milk.

Dr Avinash Shetty proposed the vote of thanks and said, “It is essential that we give the best possible care to our smallest patients and the Human Milk Bank is a non-profit initiative in this regard. We also need to educate the community about human milk banks so that more donors come forward.”

Dr Sheila Mathai gave an overview on Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank and said “Human Milk Banks ensure that the donated human milk is rendered safe for use by recipient babies by a process that follows standard guidelines. At KH we encourage mothers to share any extra milk that they may have which can benefit our smallest and sickest babies.”

Mamatha Devi G S inaugurated the Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank, marking the establishment of Udupi district’s first Human Milk Bank. Expressing her delight, she stated, "Mother’s breast milk is like an elixir or medicine for babies. It is crucial for newborns to receive breast milk in their early days as it significantly improves their health." This initiative aims to ensure that more infants benefit from the vital nutrients found in breast milk, promoting healthier beginnings for the district’s youngest residents.

Dr I P Gadad released the educational brochure and said "Kasturba Hospital Manipal has always been at the forefront of introducing innovative projects to the community," He highlighted the critical need to raise awareness about the importance of breast milk, ensuring that all newborns receive the essential nutrients found in breast milk during their early days. The educational brochure aims to inform and educate parents about the numerous benefits of breast milk, emphasising its role in providing vital nutrition to newborns.

Dr Padmaraj Hegde welcomed the gathering, emphasising the importance of this initiative in promoting healthier beginnings for the district’s youngest residents. This effort aims to ensure that more infants benefit from the vital nutrients found in breast milk.

Dr Avinash Shetty proposed the vote of thanks and said, “It is essential that we give the best possible care to our smallest patients and the Human Milk Bank is a non-profit initiative in this regard. We also need to educate the community about human milk banks so that more donors come forward.”

Dr Sheila Mathai gave an overview on Manipal Matri-Amrit Milk Bank and said “Human Milk Banks ensure that the donated human milk is rendered safe for use by recipient babies by a process that follows standard guidelines. At KH we encourage mothers to share any extra milk that they may have which can benefit our smallest and sickest babies.”


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