One year of donated human milk 390 liters. Meet the needs of newborns who are admitted to Gaslini

Genoa, 20 April 2022 – “A little more than a year after its opening, the Donated Human Milk Bank for Liguria at Instituto Giannina Gaslini (BLUD) has already become an important health facility in the panorama of nutritional assistance centers for children who cannot be directly breastfed and for those who, For various reasons, they cannot get breast milk – explains Dr. Raffaele Spiazzi, Director of Health at Gaslini – on March 8 last year, the collection of donated milk was opened in the regional territory.The results, despite the problems caused by the epidemic, were extraordinary. : 64 donors were registered and 390 liters of valuable food were collected, which fully meets the needs of the Institute of Neonatology. “

“Thanks to the support of the region and the cooperation of all the birth centers in Liguria, we were able to build a network that allows you to collect milk from all over Liguria directly to the women’s homes, and transport it safely and quickly to the BLUD of Gaslini, where it is processed and distributed to premature infants. In cooperation with everyone, it would be good Being able to increase the number of recipients who can benefit from donated breast milk, and being able to give it also to pathologically preterm and preterm infants who are being punished at the moment,” emphasizes Dr.

“Although the collection of donated milk started when we were still in a full-blown pandemic and most of the BLUD units already active in the country were recording declines in the number of donors and volume of donated milk, we have already surpassed the national average collection which was 330 liters in 2020 ‘ explains Daniela Repora, BLUD Communications Officer at The Nutrition Center.

“The donation of milk – explains Ligurian Region President and Health Adviser Giovanni Totti – is a simple but generous gesture and for this I thank all Ligurian mothers who have chosen to give the surplus portion of their milk to other newborns who, for various reasons, cannot be breastfed by their mothers. Today’s balance sheet is a signal that, despite the emergency we have been through, is how much the Regional Donor Milk Bank is the leading donor in this region and our Children’s Hospital that we will always continue to support.”

Donated human milk is not only the best alternative to breast milk, it is the most beneficial bridge to the promotion and success of breastfeeding in young patients, as they are first hospitalized and then discharged. “Premature births with very low birth weight (<1500g at birth) are the most beneficial, for example in preventing complications of prematurity such as necrotizing enterocolitis and at the same time promoting many positive long-term effects, such as possible improvement of neurological outcome - explained the professor Luca Ramenghi, Director of the Neonatal Unit - A major research topic of not only care but also research is to improve the caloric fortification of donated breast milk to be given to the most vulnerable patients, however, often delays occur until today.Growth out utero, that is, the newborn develops less well than it did previously in fetal life. The importance of the quality of early feeding in these children may not have been fully recognized, and therefore continued reinforcement of BLUD is desirable.”

The institute’s BLUD also aims to be an important research center on methods for processing and storing breast milk and donated milk. For this reason, a preliminary study was organized to evaluate possible improvements to the nutritional and functional components of human milk using the latest food technology in the processing procedure. The hospital and environmental hygiene laboratories of the Department of Health Sciences (DISSAL) by Professor Maria Luisa Cristina and the Food Chemistry laboratories of the Department of Pharmacology (DIFAR) by Professor Raffaella Poggia, both from UNIGE and Food Chemistry Laboratories, will participate. the study. , Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomolecular Sciences by Professor Patricia Restani of UNIMI. That’s why we thank the Maria Vilma and Bianca Querci Foundation for their support, says Dr. Paolo Fiori, health management consultant.

The need to obtain donations is clearly continuous and persistent over time. How to become a BLUD donor in Liguria? All mothers can become donors when milk production is greater than the amount needed for their babies, they lead a healthy lifestyle and are healthy.

How do you do it? By calling 335 7593966 (Mon-Fri 8-12.30) or by sending a whatsapp message to the same number and you will be contacted again, or by contacting: infoblud@gaslini.org, cristinatraggiai@gaslini.org, danielarebora @gaslini. Deer.

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