Dear [your MLA, and the Hon. Dustin Duncan, Minister of Health];
The Saskatchewan government is to be congratulated on its commitment
to healthy people and a healthy province. I am writing to ask
your support of the development of a human milk bank in Saskatchewan
to further enhance the health of our youngest citizens.
Since 1988, Saskatoon Breastfeeding Matters – a community-based
organization of mothers and health professionals – has been
working to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Now, we would like your support in establishing a donor human
milk bank in Saskatchewan for mothers who are not able to breastfeed
Many mothers want to feed their baby breastmilk, as recommended
by the Canadian Pediatric Society, Health Canada, the World Health
Organization and many other agencies. However, not all mothers
are able to feed their baby their own milk, and pasteurized donor
human milk is recommended as the preferred source of nutrition
for infants when mothers’ own milk is not available.
Establishing a donor human milk bank in Saskatchewan would save
lives and money. Providing human milk instead of infant formula
reduces the risk of many diseases including necrotizing enterocolitis
among pre-term infants, and among full-term infants, human milk
reduces the risk of acute ear infection, eczema, diarrhea &
vomiting, hospitalization for lower respiratory tract diseases
in the first year, asthma, childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes
mellitus, acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute myelogeneous leukemia,
sudden infant death syndrome (reference: US Department of Health
and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action
to Support Breastfeeding, 2011)
I believe the Saskatchewan government has committed to children’s
health. But we can do more to have healthy people in a healthy
province. I respectfully request that you support the establishment
of a human milk bank in Saskatchewan.
[your name & address]