Prolacta Bioscience Introduces First Human Milk Fortifier Made from Human Milk

Prolacta Bioscience announced today that it has developed a human milk fortifier product made from concentrated, pasteurized human donor milk.

MONROVIA, Calif. (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) January 19, 2006 — Prolacta Bioscience, a privately held company dedicated to ensuring the availability and safety of donor breast milk for babies, announced today that it has developed a human milk fortifier product made from concentrated, pasteurized human donor milk.

The fortifier product, called Prolact-Plus, is an alternative to the current fortifier products made from cow’s milk and used in the neonatal intensive care units. “The advantage of a human-origin fortifier is that very low birth-weight babies will receive their own mother’s milk fortified with human milk protein and added minerals. When these babies are fed exclusively on human milk, they are protected against a variety of harmful pathogens because their digestive system maintains a protective environment. When they receive foreign proteins, like cow’s milk, some of this protection is lost,” said Elena Medo, Prolacta’s CEO.

Prolacta maintains that a mother’s own milk is always the best, but if supply falls short, parents can request that donor milk be provided. “Mothers of preterm babies express their breast milk so they can give their babies the best possible chance for survival. But babies born weighing less than 1,500 grams often need higher levels of protein and minerals than are normally found in mother’s milk. We’re pleased to be able to deliver such a valuable therapy to benefit these critically ill preterm babies.”

In August 2005, Prolacta completed construction of the world’s first and only large scale human milk processing facility. Using modern pharmaceutical processing techniques, Prolacta has developed improved methods for all aspects of human milk testing and handling. “Neonatologists and neonatal nurses have very high expectations for safety and quality. We’ve worked hard to develop a process and product they can trust.” All Prolacta products bear a nutritional label and undergo rigorous safety and quality testing by outside laboratories prior to release.

About Prolacta
Prolacta Bioscience, headquartered in Monrovia, Calif., has developed improved methods for large-scale processing, formulation and testing of donor breast milk. The company received funding from DFJ/Frontier-Santa Barbara, Draper Associates-Menlo Park., Draper Richards-San Francisco, and the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation.

How incredibly amazing! I think it it truly wonderful that our country is finally recognizing the dangers behind supplementing with non human milk. I feel it is vital that all babies, especially premature babies receive mothers milk and now mothers of preemies don’t have to hear the funk about how their milk doesn’t have enough protein to help the at risk child. It’s actually more important that preemies receive their mothers milk because they are at risk. And hopefully soon there will be no more instances of mothers walking into the NICU to see their child being artificially fed because they weren’t “making enough milk” or because the caloric value wasn’t great enough for the child. The breastfeeding community now has more support and recognition…now everyone else needs to jump on the wagon and support this health related issue.


About Mamamojo

My name is T. I am a homeschooling, home/water birthing, dreadlocked, special needs mama to four beautiful daughters. I'm married to my best friend. I am a natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocate. I have done some volunteer work as a peer counselor with WIC and as a doula with Birthwell Partners and plan to be a midwifery assistant one day. My blog was created to put some alternative information out there about breastfeeding, childbirth & other issues regarding motherhood and life in general. I hope that you enjoy reading here and visit me often. Thanks for reading!
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5 Responses to Prolacta Bioscience Introduces First Human Milk Fortifier Made from Human Milk

  1. titus2woman says:

    That is just THE BEST NEWS! WOOHOOO! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  2. Anne says:

    You might want to read this before you start jumping for joy:

  3. Ciera says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’m not quite sure why, but it did. 🙂


  4. Mama Bear says:

    In order for Prolacta to obtain breastmilk to make their human milk fortifier, they’ve resorted to deceiving lactating moms and letting them think their donations will go to help babies. The information they neglect to tell their generous breastmilk donors is that they will charge $184.83/ounce for anyone to have their human milk fortifier (doesn’t sound very “helpful”).

    How much human milk fortifier can a preemie use? Well, if a preemie weighs about three pounds, the baby will probably need about six ounces of breastmilk every day. And 20% of six ounces is 1.2 ounces (of human milk fortifier, if you follow Prolacta’s instructions for use). 1.2 ounces of human milk fortifier will cost you $221.80 every. single. day. Just for the human milk fortifier. That’s not counting the cost, if any, of the breastmilk you add it to. If you buy breastmilk from Prolacta, it will cost you about ~$30-35/ounce. So, if you also buy the breastmilk to add the human milk fortifier to, it will cost you an additional $144 (on the low end, assuming their breastmilk only costs $30/ounce). So, just to feed your 3-lb preemie, if you buy your preemie’s food from Prolacta, it will cost you $221.80 + $144 = $365.80.

    If you buy your breastmilk from a HMBANA milk bank, it will cost you $3.50/ounce. Six ounces of breastmilk from a HMBANA bank will cost you a grand total of $21. Some HMBANA banks have a way to make the breastmilk higher in calories, so that it is equivalent to what Prolacta sells after mixing with human milk fortifier.

    When you compare $365.80 to $21, that doesn’t sound like “help” for babies to me. It sounds like a massive profit in the making.

  5. Maureen says:

    Please tell me me the cost of one day treating necrotising enter colitis in a 26 weeker. Then calculate the cost! I work in an intensive care unit that uses prolacta! It is truly a live saver and worth every penny. The women that donate actually are saving lives!

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