ATULYA AMRUT: A Human Milk Bank opened at Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai
Considering the importance and growing demand of human milk for newborn babies and premature babies, Dr. D. Y. Patil School of Medicine and Hospital decided to start this innovative concept and became Navi Mumbai’s first such hospital to have human milk bank known as “Atulya Amrut”. This human milk bank been inaugurated on Saturday 27th April 2019 in association with Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside.
This Nobel project Atulya Amrut human milk bank was inaugurated by our dynamic managing trustee and First lady of D Y Patil Group-Mrs. Shivani Patil Madam in presence of our honourable President Dr Vijay Patil Sir,Vice chancellor Dr. Shirish Patil,CEO Dr Anupam Karmakar ,Dean Dr Surekha Patil, President of Rotary club B.V.Raviprakash ,Neonatal incharge Dr Shital Kolhe with D Y Patil hospital staff and rotary club members.
A human milk bank follows a standardised procedure for collection of breast milk donated by lactating mothers. The pasteurization procedure is followed on it for the removal of bacteria and viruses. It is further tested for authenticity and then stored in deep freezes and made available as per the requirement.
Dr. Shital Kolhe Deore, incharge of neonatology services at Dr. D.Y. Patil hospital explained the importance of this novel concept and its significance use for new born babies. Human milk provides optimal nutrition, promotes growth and development and reduces the risk of illness. In absence of mother’s own milk due to certain circumstances pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) is best substitute. The Neonatal services in charge addressed all postnatal mothers to come forward for milk donation.