Milk bank at South West Acute Hospital in urgent appeal for donors

The milk bank at South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen has issued an urgent appeal for donors as supplies are running low.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust Breastmilk Bank at Co Fermanagh Hospital is making an urgent appeal to new mums to donate breastmilk after the busy Christmas and New Year period.

One of the bank’s coordinators encourages new mums to come forward to ensure that supply can meet demand.

“We are encouraging new mothers to help increase the demand for breast milk and to ensure that we have an adequate supply for neonatal units in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” said Elizabeth Bailie .

“Thanks to our dedicated donors, our mothers who support us with their peers and the help of new donors, we will be able to meet the growing demand for breast milk.

The milk bank team expressed their gratitude to the charity Blood Bikers, which helps transport the milk.

“Distribution of the milk would not be possible without the help with transport from the Blood Bikers charities who help transport milk to neonatal units across Ireland and we are extremely grateful for their continued support of the Human Milk Bank. “

Elizabeth added: “We are very grateful to all the mums who donate milk to the unit and there is always the need to recruit new donors.

“Donors must be registered by the time the baby reaches three months of age and once registered, the milk bank will accept milk donations up to the sixth month.”

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