With the leadership of the First Lady, Gabriela de Bukele, and the support of mothers who share their love turned into food with other babies, it is being guaranteed that low birth weight and premature newborns have their nutritious food.
In this sense, the Government invites more mothers in the process of breastfeeding to approach any of the 56 Breast Milk Collection Centers that exist nationwide and donate this food so that more babies can have a better development.
“If you are breastfeeding, you can also donate your breast milk, giving other babies the best start in life, who like yours need good nutrition and grow healthy,” said the First Lady, Gabriela de Bukele.
Since the current administration, spaces are being created to promote breastfeeding and the donation of human milk. Currently in El Salvador there are three milk banks: National Hospital for Women, National Hospital of San Miguel, and National Hospital of Santa Ana; in addition to the 56 Maternal Milk Collection Centers.
The donation of breast milk benefits newborns who cannot be breastfed by their mothers, due to illnesses, and who have low weight, premature birth and intolerance to artificial milk formulas.
Breast milk provides multiple benefits to premature and nursing infants, for the prevention of infections and diseases.
Donated breast milk requires a pasteurization process, in order to supply it to newborns. This consists of eliminating 100% of harmful microorganisms from raw breast milk, to provide it to the newborn, according to medical prescription.
Donating human milk saves lives and strengthens the healthy development of newborns in the breastfeeding phase. The Government recognizes this act of love carried out by hundreds of mothers and reiterates the invitation to others to join this noble cause that brings a light of hope to many newborns.