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Quezon City to open breast milk bank

QUEZON City will have its breast milk banks in public hospitals here. Mayor Herbert Bautista announced his approval of the Quezon City Human Milk Bank Ordinance to make mother’s milk available to young infants. “The human milk station shall collect, screen, process, store and distribute donated breast milk, and shall operate like a blood bank where infants who have no access to their own mother’s milk would be provided with breast milk from another mothers,” he said in a statement. The measure will cover government hospitals with pediatric department. Bautista said breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Only a minimal processing fee will be charged for the screening process and administrative costs. The ordinance tasked trained health personnel in human milk banking and lactation management- a consultant physician, a lactation specialist, counsellor.
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