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Volume 16/Issue3, May 2020

Response of UK milk banks to ensure the safety and supply of donor human milk in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Natalie Shenker, Jackie Hughes, Debbie Barnett, Gillian Weaver


The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting several challenges to human milk banks and has highlighted a number of vulnerabilities in service provision that have been long known by those who work in the sector. In recent weeks, milk banks across the UK have worked together to understand any risks posed to infants, milk bank staff and volunteers by COVID-19, and to put in place mitigation strategies to ensure the safeguarded provision and safety of donor human milk. The authors call on policymakers to better support these essential services for vulnerable neonates during the COVID-19 pandemic and minimise the impact of future challenges through greater investment in milk bank infrastructure, research and innovation.

Shenker N., Hughes J., Barnett D., Weaver G. Response of UK milk banks to ensure the safety and supply of donor human milk in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Infant 2020; 16(3): 118-21.
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