In India, only 42 percent of babies are breastfed in the first hour of birth and only half are exclusively breastfed for the first six months. However India recently achieved a major milestone when the government launched the “National Guidelines on Lactation Management Centres in Public Health Facilities.” Read more >>
Welcome to the European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) website where you will find information from many of the 200+ milk banks operating in more than 20 countries throughout Europe as well as news from milk banks and about the use of donor human milk around the world. Whether you are a current member of EMBA, hoping to join our association or simply an interested visitor to the website we hope you find this site useful. If you wish to donate human milk, in the first instance please contact the named individual on the page for the country where you reside.
To find out more about the milk banks in a specific country, click on the relevant flag at the top of the page or on the ‘Click for full map’ button to the left of the flags and then on the country (not available for most smart phones).
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The countdown is now on to the 4th EMBA International Milk Banking Congress which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in a few weeks time. Read more >>
Early July 2017 saw the INA Conference come to Europe again – this time it was held in Cite Internationale, Lyon, France in the same location as the previous EMBA Conference (in 2015). It seemed very fitting then that a pre-conference workshop dedicated to human milk banking worldwide kicked off the meeting and that donor milk was also featured several times on the main conference programme. Read more >>
March 8th, 2017 the second Donor Milk Bank opened at Vilnius University Children’s Hospital Neonatal Centre, Vilnius capital city of Lithuania. Vilnius Perinatal Centre is one of two Perinatal Centres in Lithuania where women with high risk pregnancies are concentrated as well as majority of sick and premature babies undergo medical care. Read more >>
The Polish National Health Service has established a financial 'correction factor' (which can be interpreted as a form of incentive) for hospitals where human milk (mother’s own or donor milk) is the dominant way of feeding preterm infants. The sum of money provided covers the running costs of the milk bank. Read more >>