- To provide premature infants in Saskatchewan with lifesaving breast milk
- Advocate for the value of breastfeeding and human breast milk for infants
- To ensure an ethically sourced and equitably distributed supply of donor breast milk
Go to any major city in Canada and you’ll find a breast milk bank, all not-for-profits, with a very simple mission: to provide women and children with the help and support they need. Unlike men, women have the unique capacity to give birth. In Canada, an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 babies are born pre-term per year, but those numbers are not contained to just one country. Premature pregnancies are a global issue, affecting almost 15 million babies globally and premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality worldwide. Pre-term births in Canada have also increased by 20% in the past 2 decades. Though not all mother’s who deliver prematurely struggle to produce enough breast milk for their newborns, many unfortunately do. And while other options exist, such as organic and homemade formulas or goat and coconut milk, breast milk is still considered to be one of the best sources of nutrition for a newborn, as it can protect many pre-term babies from serious life-threatening illnesses and infections.
So, what is a parent to do if they lack access to an adequate source of natural breast milk? The answer is donated breast milk. But where, exactly, can parents find donated breast milk? Breast milk banks.
Unfortunately, their numbers are low, contained to only four Canadian cities – Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal – while the need for their services continues to grow…
Eileen Chen of Regina, Saskatchewan understands the vital role breast milk banks play to ensure the continued health and support of newborns and parents. She believes so strongly in the cause that she formed the organization in 2016 to address Regina’s ever-growing need for a permanent breast milk bank.
The Saskatchewan Breast Milk Bank believes in a world where all infants have access to human milk, whether through the support of breastfeeding or the use of donor breast milk.
Above all, the Saskatchewan Breast Milk Bank values the health and wellbeing of infants and mothers. We are guided by the need to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
We’re working with organizations across Canada to bring awareness about the benefits of breast milk Donation.
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