THE Countess of Chester Hospital hosted a conference to discuss the use of donor breast milk in the care of premature babies.
The conference took place yesterday (Wednesday) in conjunction with the Cheshire and North Wales Human Milk Bank.
The meeting, the first of its kind in this area of expertise, brought together neonatologists, paediatricians, immunologists, nurses and midwives and those with an interest in the growth and nutrition of special care babies.
The conference included a programme of presentations from professors and consultants from Liverpool’s Women Hospital, Cardiff’s University School of Medicine, the Human Tissue & Milk Bank in Majorca and two London hospitals.
Dr Stephen Brearey, consultant paediatrician at the Countess of Chester Hospital, said: “The milk bank here is Chester has been in operation since 2003 and gone from strength to strength in providing milk for babies in the Cheshire and Merseyside Neonatal Network.
“The recent publication of the NICE guidelines on the operation of donor breast milk services aims to standardise the process in place for obtaining and distributing the donor milk.”