Developing recommendations for the operation of human milk banks

Breast milk is the best and first choice for the nutrition of newborns and especially for preterm born infants. Whenever mothers are not able to breastfeed their child, donor milk is the second best option.

To ensure the supply of breast and donor milk for preterm infants, EFCNI initiated an international project with the aim to support clinical centres in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the setup and operation of human milk banks on a national level.

For this purpose a position paper containing recommendations for the support of milk banks as well as a toolkit for interested institutions has been developed by a project Scientific Advisory Board, composed of well-known experts in the fields of lactation, nutrition, obstetrics, and neonatology.

 

Position paper / Positionspapier

Position paper 
Recommendations for promoting human milk banks in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

The interdisciplinary project Scientific Advisory Board has compared and summarised current guidelines from several European countries. Based on their work and experiences, they have developed recommendations for the support of human milk banks in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. These recommendations reflect the current scientific consensus and take feasibility into account.

Positionspapier 
Empfehlungen zur Förderung von Frauenmilchbanken in der DACH-Region

Der interdisziplinäre Expertenbeirat hat aktuelle Leitlinien europäischer Länder verglichen und zusammengefasst. Auf dieser Basis wurden gemeinsam Empfehlungen zur Förderung von Frauenmilchbanken in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz formuliert, die auf der aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Datenlage aufbauen und die Umsetzbarkeit in den Alltag berücksichtigen.

Toolkit / Handbuch

Toolkit for establishing and organising human milk banks

The toolkit was developed with the aim to support clinical centres in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the setup and operation of human milk banks. It contains examples of best-practise, concrete instructions and templates for checklists and information leaflets.

Handbuch für die Errichtung und Organisation von Frauenmilchbanken

Um Kliniken im deutschsprachigen Raum bestmöglich bei der Errichtung und der Organisation von Frauenmilchbanken zu unterstützen, wurde ein Handbuch entwickelt. Die enthaltenen Praxisbeispiele, konkreten Handlungsanleitungen und Vorlagen sollen es Kliniken zukünftig erleichtern, eine Frauenmilchbank zu etablieren.

Members of the project Scientific Advisory Board (in alphabetic order)

Members of the project Scientific Advisory Board during the last meeting

Members of the project Scientific Advisory Board during the last meeting

  • Professor Michael Abou-Dakn – Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Stefanie Baranowski – Ulm, Germany
  • Dr Monika Berns – Berlin, Germany
  • Katarina Eglin – Darmstadt, Germany
  • Professor Andreas Flemmer – Munich, Germany
  • Dr Corinna Gebauer – Leipzig, Germany
  • Dr René Glanzmann – Basel, Switzerland
  • Janine Grunert – Basel, Switzerland
  • Professor Nadja Haiden – Vienna, Austria
  • Dr Erna Hattinger – Salzburg, Austria
  • Dr Susanne Herber-Jonat – Munich, Germany
  • Dr Edda Hofstätter – Salzburg, Austria
  • Dr Daniel Klotz – Freiburg, Germany
  • Madeleine Kujawa – Munich, Germany
  • Dr Eva-Maria Mair – Ulm, Germany
  • Dr Andreas Malzacher – St.Gallen, Switzerland
  • Caroline Peter – Basel, Switzerland
  • Professor Michael Radke – Rostock/Potsdam, Germany
  • Elke Sams – Salzburg, Austria

Related links

European Milk Bank Association

Feature of the project in the magazine Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde (abstract available in German and English)

 

The entire project is kindly supported by Nestlé Nutrition Institute.