Breast Milk Project delivers to babies in Haiti
International Breast Milk Project delivers donor breast milk to orphaned and sick babies in Haiti
International Courier donates its services for
28 January 2010 [MEDIAGLOBAL]: Today, International Breast Milk Project (IBMP) and Quick International Courier delivered close to 500 ounces of donor breast milk for premature, sick and orphaned infants aboard the USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Center stationed outside Haiti.
The ship is equipped with a neonatal intensive care unit and medical staff to provide emergency care to the youngest victims of the earthquake. They are uniquely positioned to handle a donation of breast milk because they maintain cold chain requirements and ensure proper handling and security of the donation.
Emphasizing the importance of human milk, Jay N. Gordon, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UCLA Medical School, said, "Nothing protects at-risk, premature or sick infants like mother's milk does. Breast milk's natural antibodies prevent illnesses, treat illnesses and will save lives."
The earthquake that devastated Haiti has left countless infants without their mothers and without breast milk. Amanda Nickerson, Executive Director, for International Breast Milk Project told MediaGlobal, "Unfortunately, without proper infrastructure in place, frozen donor milk is not going to be a viable option for so many infants in need, but we are happy to make a difference in the lives of the infants aboard the USNS Comfort."
Quick International Courier, a global medical logistics specialist, donated their services to provide packaging, dry ice and the fastest and most secure cold chain transport services to Haiti.
"It is so rewarding to be able to help make a difference in the lives of orphaned and critically ill babies. As a mother and a person concerned about the world and health, this project really speaks to my heart," said Dominique Bischoff-Brown, COO of Quick International Courier.
This humanitarian project has been made possible with the active cooperation of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, who provided the donor milk, Toby and Maggie Moffett, of the Moffett Group in Washington, D.C., and the offices of Congressman Courtney, Congresswomen Betty McCollum, and Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and the dedicated staff of the USNS Comfort.
IBMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to ensure that infants worldwide have access to donor milk when they need it. Since its inception, IBMP has provided over 65,000 bottles (262,682 ounces, 7,768 liters or 2,052 gallons) of donor breast milk to infants around the world.
Visit www.breastmilkproject.org for additional details.