Ketriel has 21 days old was born at 30 weeks gestation, her mother Blanca “had not even a drop of milk”. The baby became one of the 160 children benefited by the milk bank of the National Institute of perinatal medicine (INPER), one of the 30 agencies that exist in the country that provide this service.
“there can be No fear greater than thinking that our son will not eat”, says Blanca, who after 15 years of multiple failed attempts, could finally have a child, and now dream of being able to donate milk .
Blanca, do not have words to thank all the mothers who have placed a part of their lives, to donate a little of what your baby want.
according To data from the Institute, a total of 75 grants were made for 57 donors , but only 160 newborns were able to benefit, numbers that can not be compared with countries like Brazil, where there are around 200 milk banks breast and The culture of donation began in the early 90’s.
Valeria was born on 13 February at 33 weeks of gestation, currently has 95 days. He was premature and was born with several malformations, his esophagus was separated, and his heart still have multiple diseases.
The small receives milk from his mother, who is also a donor to many more children.
Jennifer Pérez Gómez, mother of Valeria, went in and out of the institute for more than three months and is proud to share her milk and continue to donate, “continue to save lives”.
“When I doo (milk) they can save a baby, give them nutrients, that all of these children have, that they can grow more quickly, I want to donate, to continue this activity, taking milk for my daughter and other babies. it is very hard to see them there that they can not quit, my experience has shared that it is my daughter.
“I Hope this could spread much more, remove the taboos that the milk does not work, you really need to learn more, you have to learn that the milk is for all, help a baby who is sick”.
The data of the INPER report that every 30 seconds a death occurs in child that could have been avoided , and globally one and a half million deaths are avoided with this type of program.
“Valeria was not sick, and I think the milk is the more, is like blood, we need it to live”, says the mother of the first time.
America is The mother of Mateo, a child who was born at 25 weeks gestation on December 29, 2015.
The first days were very difficult, my baby was very premature and I was impressed to see it very small, when they told me that I would start to eat, it was more difficult, because I could not. I extract and I have not received milk, I took a lot of water and I dedicate time to the extraction, but thanks to this, grew up. With a weight of 500 grams when born, now weighs two pounds.
Today, it can ensure that “the bank of milk saved his life” , because if he did not turn to the bank, Mateo “it would have stalled in your weight, it would not have evolved favorably as him, since he was very small, Mateo was probably not here with me”.
according To the institute, the breast milk saves resources and does not need manufacturing , is also a complete food that produces less allergic reactions to the children and help to improve kidney function, as well as a lower incidence of obesity in adolescence.
Currently, on database are collected between 20 and 30 gallons per month , and 160 children have benefited since 2012, when it was opened.
Although only 30 children are benefited per year , are less than one kilo and are in intensive therapy and therapy of the intermediate, as well as all of the children surgical, and mothers with HIV.
“I would like to have more beneficiaries with the donated milk, these 160 mothers who could not feed their children, and other mothers simply do not require this support”.
He noted that 90 percent of children are fed with human milk and in therapy, the middle 80 percent also, the remainder is supplemented with pasteurized milk.
“If, in the future, the bank will charge you for most people, they would be given” he said.
Finally, he explained that, as well as the lack of a culture of donation of organs or blood, it is more difficult for the donations of milk, however, is being worked on, and is promoted among mothers, in networks, but more is needed, primarily , the work of conviction, “.
For the sixth consecutive year, the World Day of May of human milk donation is celebrated on the 19th of may, an event that aims to expand the donation to feed the newborns that cannot be breastfed by their mothers.