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EMBA – Medela Webinar: Operational Models of Milk Banking

Date of Event: 21/03/2024 | 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm

EMBA – Medela Webinar

Operational Models of Milk Banking

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 3pm – 4:40 pm (CEST)

Introduction to the topic

In Europe, more and more human milk banks (HMBs) are collecting donor human milk for preterm infants when their mother’s own milk (MOM) is not available or not enough (i.e. when the volume is still building up). Moreover, donor milk is recognized as a “bridge” to breastfeeding, with positive clinical advantages for both mother and infant. Human milk banks therefore play a crucial role in ensuring that human milk is provided safely and in the best possible quality in well defined clinical conditions. Operational models and milk banking practices across Europe can differ substantially.  Some countries, like Germany and Israel, have realized specific models that have proved to be successful in improving the  efficiency and effectiveness of donor human milk banking.

Join experienced leaders Daniel Klotz and Sharron Bransburg-Zabary in this webinar session to learn from their experiences about best practices for milk banking in Germany and Israel.


Learning objectives:

  • Overview of operational models of milk banking in Europe, with a more in depth review of the German and Israel experiences.
  • Examples of practices that can lead to increase the availability of Donor Human Milk, even under special and emergency circumstances.


Event details

Date             21. March 2024

Duration      1:40 hour

Language  English

Time            3pm – 4:40 pm (CEST)

Click here to register for the webinar.

This webinar is free of charge.



Models to increase the availability of Donor Human Milk

 PD Dr. Daniel Klotz, MHBA

EMBA Board Member and Senior Physician in Neonatology and Paediatric Intensive

Care Medicine at Freiburg University Medical Centre, Germany
Dr Daniel Klotz established a donor milk bank at his unit, one of only 18 of such repositories at that time in Germany where around 210 units are providing neonatal care to premature infants. Daniel Klotz is board member of the German Human Milk Bank Initiative (FMBI) and the European Milk Bank Association (EMBA). His research interests comprise the use and handling of human milk for premature infants.

 Usage of  infant food regulation in the National Human Milk Bank of Israel – addressing the needs of term infants

Dr. Sharron Bransburg-Zabary, IBCLC

Director of the National Human Milk Bank of Israel of Magen David Adom, Israel

 Sharron Bransburg-Zabary is Ph.D in Biochemestry from the Tel-Aviv University. She previously worked as Clinical Implementation Specialist in MyMilk Laboratories and as VP of Clinical Operations in Nutrits. She has also collaborated as researcher in the fields of computational immunology, human development and human milk studies and acted as head of the Bioinformatics Unit of the Tel Aviv University.

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