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Temasek Foundation Cares - Donor Human Milk Bank Programme

 

Sharing nature’s best gift with premature and sick babies.

Breast milk is the best food for babies as it provides optimal nutrition, reduces the risk of illnesses and promotes normal growth and development. It contains enzymes to help with digestion, nutrients, growth factors, hormones and protective antibodies.

Breast milk can be life-saving for premature and sick babies as their immature digestive system is prone to feeding intolerance. They are also at risk of developing a life-threatening condition known as “necrotizing enterocolitis”, a serious intestinal disease among premature babies. Mothers of preterm babies can experience difficulty in providing breast milk, especially in the initial days, due to a variety of reasons.

The Temasek Foundation Cares - Donor Human Milk Bank programme is a non-profit initiative to provide pasteurised human donor milk to premature and sick infants at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

Under the programme, human donor milk is screened, processed and dispensed by prescription in accordance to the international guidelines and protocols from the UK National Institute of Health Care (NICE) and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).

The human milk is donated by nursing mothers who are not biologically related to the recipient baby.

  • Similar to blood donors, the human milk donors will be screened for suitability.
  • The donated milk will also be tested for infections before and after the process of pasteurisation.
  • The Milk Bank will ensure proper handling and storage of the donated milk in a way that protects its nutritional value.
  • Human milk donation is voluntary and donors are not paid.
  • All donors are kept anonymous.


Be A Donor

You can be a donor if your baby is less than one year old and you:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not use illegal drugs or other prohibited substances.
  • Do not routinely consume more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day.
  • Do not routinely consume three or more cups of coffee, tea, or other caffeine stimulant drinks per day including cola and stimulant soft drinks.
  • Have not lived in or travelled to the UK between 1980 and 1996 for a total or cumulative period of six months.
  • Have not been tested positive for HIV, Hepatitis B and C or Syphilis.

If you are taking medications (including herbal remedies), you may still be eligible.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.



If you are interested to be a donor and would like to find out more about The Temasek Foundation Cares - Donor Human Milk Bank programme, contact us at:

Tel: 6394 1986
Email: milkbank@kkh.com.sg

KK Human Milk Bank
Level 2, Women’s Tower
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
100 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 229899

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm (closed for lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm)
(Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)

 

The Temasek Foundation Cares – Donor Human Milk Bank Programme is an initiative by Temasek Foundation Cares and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.