RBWH opened Queensland’s first hospital-based milk bank in 2012 and has since provided over 3,000 litres of donor human milk to premature babies.

Natural breast milk is extremely beneficial to a premature baby as it aids immunologic protection against many organisms, protection for immature tissue, promotion of healing tissue, optimal nutrition and easy digestion.

When a premature baby’s mother can’t produce her own milk, having donor breast milk available through the RBWH Milk Bank provides parents with an alternative to formula and the choice to give their baby optimal nutrition. Formula has been shown to be detrimental to preterm infants.