CASE STUDY

Why Do Foster Parents Need Donor Human Milk and
How Does 
ABMB’s ‘Bridging Milk©’ Help?

Increasingly, a very significant number of infants and young children are in foster care often because the mother has mental health issues, is in a volatile or unsafe domestic situation, suffers substance addiction or abuse involving medication and drugs incompatible with breast feeding or expressing of her milk. 

….Yet these foster and ‘out-of-home-care’ infants and young children are still entitled to the very best nutritional start in life.  As a foster parent or carer, you have the right to provide to the infant in your care the best nutrition if it is not breastfed: expressed or human donor milk, as strongly recommended by the World Health Organisation and all relevant national professional agencies. 

ABMB’s ‘Bridging Milk©’ is made of carefully collected and treated 100% whole breast milk, donated from Australian mothers, whereby the compositional integrity and nutritional value of breast milk remains highly preserved. It is this natural complex balance of proteins, fats, sugars and immune molecules which no breast milk substitute (infant formula) can come even close to, that protects the young infant, vulnerable and often stressed foster babies in particular, against

  • diarrhoea, often dangerous gut inflammation and NEC, a severe inflammatory bowel condition in premature infants.

  • pneumonia

  • allergies

  • and chronic illnesses in later life, such a diabetes and obesity

ABMB’s goal to give equitable access to safe human donor milk to all carers of infants and young children, whether in hospital units or in the community, who are currently missing out on their human right to adequate nutrition.

Included in this majority are the ‘silent’ parents – those who are gender diverse, surrogate or adoptive parents, or simply that large number those parents and carers of healthy infants in the community who for many reasons can temporarily not provide breastfeeding and presently miss out on the opportunity to receive safe donor milk for their infants and young children.

ABMB intends to work with the relevant government agencies to address this inequity and support these parents and foster parent or carers so we can also provide them with our ‘Bridging Milk©’ for the infants and young children in their care.

  ‘Bridging Milk©’ is stored and provided as a human whole milk powder that is shelf-stable and retains the nutritional value better that common freezer storage and together with the correct amount sterile water for reconstitution.

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Best,
Lynne Hall, Founder ABMB

1 Sarah Cusick, PhD and Michael K. Georgieff, MD “The First 1,000 Days Of Life: The Brain’s Window Of Opportunity” UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence – Italy