Mother’s milk bank benefits 20,000 infants
Aanchal, the mother’s milk bank established in 18 district government hospitals of Rajasthan, has benefited about 20,000 infants and helped improve their nutrition levels. The bank collects excess breast milk from lactating mothers and provides it to infants deprived of it.Rajasthan is the first State in the country to establish a government-run community milk banking system, following Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s budgetary announcement for it in 2015-16. Infants with mothers who are unable to feed them due to clinical reasons, or those who are orphaned or abandoned, can receive mother’s milk from the bank.Dr. Mamta Gupta, one of two private doctors from the State to bag the Prime Minister’s Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan awards for rendering efficient services to pregnant women, said at a review meeting at the Swasthya Bhavan here that the milk bank system would be strengthened. Over 31,000 lactating mothers have donated their milk to the Aanchal facility so far. The Medical and Health Department has banned the use of dairy and formula milk in hospitals where the milk banking units have been established.