First breastmilk bank in Latvia underway

The establishment of the first Mother's Milk Bank at the Children's Hospital was launched two years ago. Currently, enough funds have been collected, and the equipment will be installed by the end of the year, when donors will also be addressed, Latvian Television reported November 9.

Renāte Snipe, chief doctor of the Children's Clinical University Hospital, said that the necessary facilities for arranging the Mother's Milk Bank will be purchased for donated money in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Foundation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has found solutions to legal and organizational issues so that the Mother's Milk Bank in Latvia can operate in compliance with all safety measures. 

The bank will be used for prematurely born children who need breastmilk to prevent serious development and health issues. It is planned that the bank will constantly be provided by 10 donors who can donate around a liter of milk a week. 

The donors will address when the Mother's Milk Bank is fully established. The experience of neighboring countries is positive and mothers are responsive, Snipe said.

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