Human Milk Banking - Resources Page

By Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition

Policy Brief - Ensuring Equitable Access to Human Milk for All Infants: A Comprehensive Approach to Essential Newborn Care

This policy brief brings attention to current global policies that support the provision of human milk, including donor human milk from milk banks, and encourages policymakers to take actions that will increase access to donor human milk for sick and vulnerable newborns.

To learn more about the WHO's newborn health programming, click here.

Demarchis A et al. Establishing an integrated human milk banking approach to strengthen newborn care. Journal of Perinatology. 2016;00:1–6.

This article draws on current guidelines and best practices from human milk banks to offer a compilation of universal requirements that provide a foundation for an integrated model of newborn care that is appropriate for low- and high-resource settings alike.

Strengthening Human Milk Banking: A Global Framework

This framework outlines the core requirements and quality principles that should be universal for all human milk banks. We present a compilation of key factors and current practices, based on solid evidence, which implementers and policymakers can use as a guide when developing context-specific guidelines for each facility, region, or country.

A Workshop for Developing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points Plan for Your Human Milk Bank: Trainer's Guide

Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) planning is a critical step in ensuring the safety and quality of any food product, including donated and processed human milk. PATH developed this trainer’s guide to guide HACCP workshops in human milk banks.

A Workshop for Developing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points Plan for Your Human Milk Bank: Trainee Workbook

Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) planning is a critical step in ensuring the safety and quality of any food product, including donated and processed human milk. PATH developed this staff workbook to guide HACCP workshops in human milk banks.

Saving Infant Lives with Human Milk: Global Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of human milk banking in a global context.

Helping Every Baby Receive Human Milk: India

This fact sheet describes the collaboration between PATH and local leaders in India to scale up integrated human milk banking systems—giving more babies access to lifesaving health and nutrition.

Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Plus: A Model for Human Milk Banking in Kenya

This fact sheet describes how PATH supports Kenyan partners to adapt our existing human milk banking model, called the Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Plus (MBFI+), to meet the country’s needs for newborn care.

Establishing the First Human Milk Bank in Viet Nam

This brief provides a summary of the establishment of the first human milk bank in Da Nang City, Viet Nam.

Also available in Vietnamese: Thiết Lập Ngân Hàng Sữa Mẹ Đầu Tiên Tại Việt Nam

Additional Milk Bank Resources and Contacts