The DJFMH-Human Milk Bank is one of the pioneer and fully operational human milk bank in the country providing services that aims to recruit and screen donors, collect, process and distribute donated human milk to those babies in need whose own mother’s milk are not available. Collected donor human milk were pasteurized and dispensed to those babies in need of pasteurized donor milk based on the recipients’ prioritization criteria.
Since its establishment, the awareness and demand for the use of pasteurized donor milk has increased. About 95% of pasteurized donor milk has been provided to recipients from different government and private hospitals all over Metro Manila in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Only 5% of the pasteurized donor human milk is given to babies at the NICU, Rooming-in and Pediatrics of the hospital.
The Human Milk Bank does not only provide milk for babies who are sick, but extends the service to infants who are victims of calamities. It has donated 82 liters of pasteurized donor milk to victims of typhoon stricken areas like Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Tacloban . The Human Milk Bank unit also serve as a facility for the immersion of school of midwifery, a showcase for visitors (local and foreign) and other students. It is also a venue for the practicum during the Lactation Management Trainings of the National Nutrition Council and Department of Health. In 2012, being one of the pioneer milk banks, the Department of Health (DOH) designated DJFMH as the training institution on Human Milk Banking and Breastmilk Storage. DJFMH-HMB has spearheaded the conduct of the ten batches of trainings funded by the DOH in coordination with the Philippine Committee on Human Milk Bank.