An Assessment Tool for Determining Facility Readiness

Related program: Integrated Maternal and Child Health and Development

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Human milk banks (HMBs) are most impactful when integrated into systems that have prioritized maternal lactation support and the use of mother’s own milk. Assessing readiness for an HMB is essential to ensure appropriate timing and resource allocation so that mothers and infants are supported for optimal early infant nutrition. The suggested pathways included in this tool will guide decision-makers at hospital, national, regional, and local levels when considering integration of an HMB system into nutrition and newborn programming. Additionally, this tool will help identify gap areas that need to be addressed prior to implementation.