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Prolacta Bioscience salutes World Human Milk Donation Day, thanks donors who save fragile infant lives every day

Prolacta Bioscience®, the world’s leading hospital provider of 100% human milk-based nutritional products for critically ill, premature infants, celebrates World Human Milk Donation Day by recognizing the committed donors who play an integral role in providing essential nutrition for infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) throughout the world.

“We couldn’t provide lifesaving nutrition to medically fragile infants without the generosity of our dedicated milk donors,” said Susan Neumann, vice president of milk resourcing at Prolacta. “We applaud you, we thank you, and we are honored to work with you, not only on World Human Milk Donation Day, but every day.”

The dedication donors have shown in pumping, storing, and shipping more than 1.5 million liters of excess breast milk has allowed Prolacta to serve more than 80,000 vulnerable infants globally. The company’s 100% breast milk-based products are clinically shown to improve the health of premature infants and reduce the common complications of prematurity.1,2,3,4,5,6

“There are so many tiny and fragile babies who desperately need the immune support and nutritional components of human milk that formula does not provide. Donor milk is crucially important to their well-being,” said Jessa, a milk donor and NICU nurse, who has witnessed the benefits of human milk in her patients. “Donating my breast milk has helped supplement my income so that I can work part time in the NICU, and be home with my girls, so that we don’t need to rely on childcare.”

Amanda, a two-time donor, said, “I love being a part of such an amazing community. Donating not only gives me the opportunity to help fragile babies across the country, but also allows me to be a stay-at-home mom, while providing for our family. This has also allowed us to build an emergency fund and take some family vacations that never would have been possible with just my husband’s income.”

Donor breast milk is vital to ensure hospital NICUs have access to nutritional fortifiers made from 100% donor breast milk, as part of an exclusive human milk diet. Cow milk-based fortifiers are linked to feeding intolerance and an increased risk of life-threatening complications in premature infants.2,4,6,7 The major difference between cow milk-based and human milk-based products is the composition — notably, the bioactive components that are unique to human milk. Bioactivity is thought to support infants’ immunity, development, growth, and long-term health.8

About Prolacta Bioscience

Prolacta Bioscience® Inc. is a privately held, global life sciences company dedicated to Advancing the Science of Human Milk® to improve the health of critically ill, premature infants. Prolacta's 100% human milk-based nutritional products have been evaluated in more than 20 clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals. More than 80,000 premature infants have benefited from Prolacta’s nutritional products worldwide to date.1 Established in 1999, Prolacta is the world’s leading provider of human milk-based nutritional products for hospital use and is also exploring the therapeutic potential of human milk across a wide spectrum of diseases. Prolacta maintains the industry’s strictest quality and safety standards for screening, testing, and processing human donor milk. Operating the world’s first pharmaceutical-grade human milk processing facilities, Prolacta uses vat pasteurization and a patented, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed manufacturing process to ensure pathogen inactivation while protecting the nutritional composition and bioactivity of its human milk-based products. Prolacta is a global company with headquarters in Duarte, California, and can be found online on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Estimated number of premature infants fed Prolacta’s products from January 2007 to December 2021; data on file.
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