PDHM is safe, effective, and it saves lives. The clinical benefits of PDHM are well documented and the use of PDHM is endorsed by professional organizations and experts in the field.
- Surgeon General: “Growing evidence supports the role of donated human milk in assisting infants with special needs, such as infants in newborn intensive care units who are unable to receive their own mothers’ milk, to achieve the best possible health outcome.”1
- WHO/UNICEF: “Where it is not possible to breastfeed, the first alternative, if available, should be the use of human milk from other sources. Human milk banks should be made available in appropriate situations.”2
- American Academy of Family Physicians: “Banked pasteurized donor human milk has been found to be safe and nutritionally sound for babies who do not have access to their own mother’s milk.”3
- AAP: “Banked human milk may be a suitable feeding alternative for infants whose mothers are unable or unwilling to provide their own milk. Human milk banks in North America adhere to national guidelines for quality control of screening and testing of donors and pasteurize all milk before distribution.”4