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Due to two recent studies comparing Holder Pasteurization and Retort Process, HMBANA and Northwest Mothers Milk Bank continues to believe Holder Pasteurization is the superior method to pasteurize  donor human milk due to the gentle heat processing that kills viruses and bacteria but protects the unique and precious components of human milk.

  • State the current landscape of donor human milk in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Explore international efforts to improve neonatal nutrition and breastfeeding rates. 

  • Recognize donor human milk and hospital policies and best practices affect NICU breastfeeding rates post-discharge. 

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Desired Outcomes

A Panel on Global Perspectives
Guest panel will discuss neonatal nutrition, breastfeeding and donor human milk from global perspective. Panel session will give the participants the opportunity to ask experts more about milk banking internationally.   

       Dr. Krystle Perez, Neonatologist at University of Washington​

       Kiersten Israel-Ballard, PhD, PATH​

       Mercy Wanalo, University of British Columbia​

       Heidi Nakamura, Adara Development

Isabella Knox, MD, EdM

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington. 

Dr. Knox will present the current landscape of human milk banking within the Pacific Northwest and the impact human donor milk has on  pre-term infants. 

Jennifer Enich, MS, RDN, IBCLC

Lactation Services at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Enich will review and present best practices and policies trends in regards to use of pasteurized donor human milk in hospitals. 

Keynote Speakers

Pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) has quickly become a standard of care in NICUs across the country and is growing internationally. This three-hour symposium will share the current landscape of human donor milk in the Pacific Northwest and explore international effort to improve neonatal nutrition and breastfeeding rates. Content will include current policy and practice trends that impact the use of donor human milk for vulnerable babies. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more from experts in the field about best practices for milk banking locally and globally. 

  • Physicians may claim 3.5 hours Category 2 CME for this event.

  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 16541 for 3.5 contact hours (pending).

  • Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points has been submitted to the Internation Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. 


Looking for some of the best resources for use of human donor milk for your NICU or Family Birth Center?

NWMMB Medical Advisory Committee recommends the following 5 "must-read" articles:

Baby Miranda, born at 26 weeks, weighing 1.2 pounds. Miranda received donor milk until her mother's own milk supply was available.

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