Why use donor human milk?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding (only breast milk, nothing else) for infants until 6 months of age when complementary foods are introduced. The AAP then recommends continued breastfeeding until age 12 months of age or beyond.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of two years. Human milk provides the normative standard for both nutritional quality and immunological protection to both the infant and mother; these have significant short and long term effects. It is the recommendation of the AAP that all preterm infants should receive human milk.
If mothers own milk cannot be used or is unavailable, use of pasteurized donor human milk is recommended. Rarely are there medical contraindications for receiving human milk.