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Local Progress

2015 highlights:

  • April 2015: Both NICUs in the province (in Saskatoon and in Regina) are now offering pasteurized donor human milk to babies who need it. The milk is purchased from Calgary's Mother's Milk Bank.
  • Members of the subcommittee presented the business and operational plans for a Milk Bank to Regina Qu'appelle Health Region leaders. 
  • Ongoing: searching for additional milk depot locations in Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan.

2014 highlights:

  • 2 human milk depots set up in the Regina area. Depots are supported by Calgary Mother's Milk Bank, and are located in the Regina General Hospital NICU and at the South Pasqua Medical Centre. For more information on how to become a milk donor and drop off milk at these locations, contact Calgary Mothers' Milk Bank 

Ongoing discussions with Saskatoon Health Region regarding support of a milk bank

November 2013: Establishment of a Coordinating Group to maintain communications with various stakeholders across Saskatchewan

November 2013: Saskatoon StarPhoenix wrote a story on the need for a milk bank: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/
Breastfeeding+advocates+seek+human+milk+bank+neonatal/9227146/story.html

Fall 2013: Business & operational plans developed

Education: members of our subcommittee presented at various conferences and meetings, including:

  • POGO Women & Children’s Health Conference (February 2013)
  • Nature’s Way Breastfeeding Conference (May 2013)
  • Family Physicians Saskatoon

Spring & Summer 2013 (& ongoing): Building representation of professionals to advisory board

May 2013: Hosted a “Milk Bank Mixer”: a social event to bring a variety of diverse stakeholders together to continue to build momentum and energy to establish a milk bank in Saskatchewan

April 2013: Set up social media: www.facebook.com/milkbanksaskatchewan

November 15, 2012: Subcommittee presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds, which is a monthly lecture series for pediatric professionals across Saskatchewan. Comments from the audience included, “Let’s get this going!”, and “What are our next steps?”

November 6, 2012: Members of Breastfeeding Matters, a community-based organization of mothers and health professionals, met with the Minister of Health, the Honorable Dustin Duncan, to discuss the need for a milk bank in Saskatchewan. He was open to the idea, and asked for further information and a proposal.

September 20, 2012: Feasibility paper endorsed by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute Medical Advisory Committee.

September 2012: Launch of the petition to return a milk bank to Saskatchewan . Signatures are currently being collected, click here for more information.

February 15, 2012: The Department of Pediatrics, and Division of Neonatology in Saskatoon Health Region provided written support for a donor human milk bank. “We are very interested in having this resource in our health region, and will welcome such a facility.”

2011: Human Milk Bank Subcommittee formed

Members of the milk bank subcommittee preparing to present at Pediatric Grand Rounds

Members of the milk bank subcommittee
preparing to present at Pediatric Grand Rounds

Martha Neovard presenting at Pediatric Grand Rounds

Martha Neovard presenting at Pediatric Grand Rounds

Strategic planning for development of a milk bank in Saskatchewan

Strategic planning for development
of a milk bank in Saskatchewan


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