The Best for Babes® Foundtion celebrated their second annual international Miracle Milk™ Stroll. On May 2, 2015, thousands of parents, friends, families and community members, gathered at over 100 different locations parks and malls across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico to raise funds and awareness for human milk to help save the lives of 500 premature infants annually from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) – and help prevent 5000 babies each year from contracting this often deadly and painful disease.
Feeding fragile and compromised babies human milk – whether from the mother or by donor — has been shown to reduce the risk of NEC by 79%. NEC is an excruciating bowel inflammation that can require multiple surgeries to remove dead tissue, may result in organ failure, monthslong neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stays, and can cost between $200,000 to over $1,000,000 to treat per case. Lifelong complications and treatment may also ensue. The anguish it causes parents is indescribable.
In its most recent policy statement on breastfeeding and human milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states unequivocally that “the potent benefits of human milk are such that all preterm infants should receive human milk… If mother’s own milk is unavailable despite significant lactation support, pasteurized donor milk should be used.” PEDIATRICS Vol. 129 No. 3 March 1, 2012, pp. e827 e841.
“The AAP’s call for all preterm babies to have pasteurized donor milk when mother’s own milk is unavailable is being ignored. 60% of the nation’s NICUs do not use donor milk,” says Jennifer Canvasser, whose son died two years ago year from NEC and is the founder of NECSociety, a primary partner of the event. It’s a tragedy that more parents, health care providers, medical directors and hospital administrators don’t know about donor milk’s existence, accessibility, safety and lifesaving powers for babies in the NICU.”
“Our goal with this event is to create a nationwide consumer driven platform to raise awareness, funds, and milk donations to help make human and donor milk the standard of care in NICUs everywhere, so we can help reduce suffering and deaths” says Best for Babes CoFounder Danielle Rigg. “Human Milk Saves Lives. We need more solutions to help more moms get more Miracle Milk™ to more fragile babies.”
North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition gathered casually at Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport, LA on May 2 to socialize, stroll, and celebrate the human milk cause. Donations and official event Miracle Milk™ Tshirt helped raise funds for this cause.
Proceeds benefited Best for Babes and its partners NECSociety and La Leche League USA and are used to fund education for parents, health care providers, medical directors, and hospital administrators about the critical role of human milk and donor milk in a premature, fragile or compromised infant’s diet.
To learn more, visit: http://www.bestforbabes.org/fast-facts-miracle-milk/