Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Human Milk Donations for Infants in Haiti

I received an email last night informing me of an urgent call for donated breastmilk for infants in Haiti.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/ United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA) , and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.

 The infrastructure for distribution is not complete yet, but the organizations involved would like to have the donors in place so things can progress quickly. If you want to know more, please visit the Human Milk Banking Association of North America or see this Call for Appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding in Haiti  statement  from Unicef, World Heath Organization and the World Food Programme.

Why the call for human milk? Among other things, breastmilk does not require clean, fresh water, which is in short supply in Haiti.

If you can give in this way, please consider giving in another. Thank you.

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