- 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.
- 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
November 2013: Saskatoon StarPhoenix wrote
a story on the need for a milk bank: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/
Fall 2013: Business & operational plans
Education: members of our subcommittee presented
at various conferences and meetings, including:
- POGO Women & Children’s Health Conference (February
- 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
by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute Medical Advisory
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