Prolacta (new product made from breastmilk for preemies)

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Prolacta (new product made from breastmilk for preemies)

I just found this interesting story on my local news (in Utah), and thought I would share.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=968&sid=17576359&title=human-milk-fortifier-developed-to-save-premature-babies

One interesting paragraph in there about bf in Utah was: Estler stressed the importance of donated milk coming from generally healthy women. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 85 percent of Utah women breastfeed their babies. Because of the low rate of cancer, a low number of women who smoke or binge drink, and low obesity rates, Utah women are the perfect candidates to donate milk, according to a news release from Prolacta.

I did not now bf rates in Utah were that high. I wonder at what age babies are that there is still an 85% rate. I sure still feel outnumbered in the extended breastfeeding dept, but I'm sure that is the norm everywhere. If we were not so close to weaning I might look into this.

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Just a bit of a heads up. Prolacta is a for profit company, meaning they bring in free milk from moms who think they are donating to save lives and they charge a lot of money for it. They ARE NOT like other non-profit milkbanks who only charge what is required to cover the cost of pasturizing and processing etc. Just something to think about when deciding where to donate your milk Wink

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Yes, I realize they are for profit, but this is not just human milk, this one I can see charging (even though the price to the hosp is ridiculous) because they have fortified it to be super nutritious for tiny preemies, where currently most hospitals use a formula based thing, this one is breastmilk based. But I won't be donating this time around... bf two, I have little time for pumping and don't want to up my supply since we are almost finished nursing. Smile

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

Yes, I realize they are for profit, but this is not just human milk, this one I can see charging (even though the price to the hosp is ridiculous) because they have fortified it to be super nutritious for tiny preemies, where currently most hospitals use a formula based thing, this one is breastmilk based. But I won't be donating this time around... bf two, I have little time for pumping and don't want to up my supply since we are almost finished nursing. Smile

I know Wink I was posting from my phone and should have been more clear with my response. The problem is that they have created partnerships with "milk banks" that are paid to collect milk from mothers but the mothers are giving it as a donation, thinking that they are giving the milk to a non-profit group that sells the milk to hospital, not creating a fortifier. I think the fortifier is a great idea and will no doubt help many preemies, but I don't agree with the practice of false advertising.

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I see what you are saying... because yeah, if they are profiting, than those pumping mommas should also, cause we all know how much work that is! lol

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

I see what you are saying... because yeah, if they are profiting, than those pumping mommas should also, cause we all know how much work that is! lol

Yes, this is my beef with the prolacta company. I won't donate to them, and they are really my only local option (besides private donation)