Maintaining safety and service provision in human milk banking: a call to action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
In The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, the Virtual Collaborative Network of Human Milk Banks and Associations called on global policy leaders and funding agencies to prioritize four high-impact areas:
(1) ensure neonatal nutrition is an essential focus during emergencies;
(2) fund research to optimize human milk bank systems in response to new infectious threats;
(3) invest in innovation across all aspects of milk banking processes to improve the responsiveness, access, and quality of donor milk provision; and
(4) suppor the integration of learnings and innovations by the global milk bank community during COVID-19 into newborn, nutrition, and emergency response planning for future emergencies.