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A breast milk donation bank at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), which has recruited more than 400 donors since its launch in August last year, has helped more than 600 vulnerable babies whose mothers cannot produce enough milk.
Breast milk collected by the bank - the only one in Singapore - has also enabled a drop in the incidence of necrotising enterocolitis, an intestinal disease that is the leading cause of death among premature babies.
Before the bank started, 5.8% of around 200 babies had the disease. But this has dropped to 1.8%, KKH said yesterday. Previously, these babies were fed formula milk.