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June 17, 2016

Human Milk Banks: Banking upon mother's milk

According to a report published recently, India has the highest number of deaths due to premature births, and ranks 36th among the number of pre-term births globally. Of the 27 million babies born in India annually, 3.6 million are born prematurely, of which over 3, 00,000 don't survive due to complications. Intervention to improve the feeding of preterm infants will improve the immediate and longer-term health and well-being of the individual infant and have a significant impact on infant mortality levels in the country.

WHO recommends that preterm and Low birth weight infants should be fed mother's own milk. When a mother's own breast milk is not available, the alternative is expressed breast milk from a donor mother.

Breast milk is your baby’s first and best immunisation. Six months of exclusive breast feeding and thereafter as long as the mother desires helps fight diseases like allergies, asthma, necrotising enterocolitis and many other infections thereby providing lifelong medical insurance cover for your child.

Dr Anita Sharma (P.T.)

Lactation consultant, IBCLC,USA
Infant and young child feeding counsellor. BPNI(india) UNICEF WHO Doula
Child Birth Educator. Lamaze international, USA
Physical therapist. BPT ,Delhi university, SRPT,UK

Dr Sharma has been passionately working with women for over 28 years providing information, support and solutions during pregnancy ,labor and post birth issues. After graduating from Delhi university as a physical therapist she worked at the Cheltanham General Hospital ,U.K. She set up and managed five physiotherapy departments at various hospitals in South Delhi after returning to India.
Her adult teaching and training skills which she acquired as a professor in sports physiotherapy at IGIPESS, Delhi University enables her to provide comfort to young couples during her Lamaze sessions . She has attended over a hundred births supporting women go through the hard work of labor as a birth Doula. Her in depth knowledge of biomechanics and physiology of birth helps her to design preventive programs for women in areas of pelvic related disorders ,incontinence and orthopedics.
In order to complete the help she provides to a young mother, Anita certified as a lactation consultant by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. Working with mothers and surrogate/adopted babies to establish lactation is her special area of interest. Her past experience of working in NICU's as a physical therapist helps her to work easily with premies and neonates .Along with the team at Fortis La Femme she has worked to set up the first Human Milk bank in Delhi.

Dr. Sheela Sharma

Incharge, Human Donor Milk, Jaipur

MD in Pediatric medicine. Retired in 2014 as Pediatric Head of State Govt. Kanwatia hospital,l Jaipur. Now working as in charge of human milk bank at State Mahila Chikitsalaya and branches at JK Lon hospital, Zenana hosp. and Gangori hospital. Also working as trainer of district Doctors and Nursing for SNCU upgrading under NIPI project.

Dr Raghuram Mallaiah

Director Neonatology, Fortis la femme,
GK2, New Delhi

Working as a Head & Director of Neonatology department in Fortis La Femme. Dr Raghuram Mallaiah, Neonatologist trained at the Hammersmith Hospital - London, is a full time consultant at Fortis La Femme born on April 04, 1971. Graduated from the Bangalore Medical College, India in 1993 and did his MRCP Pediatrics (London, UK). He has been a Fellow in Neonatology Hammersmith Hospital Imperial College London, UK, Fellow in PICU, Newcastle General Hospital (Regional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for the northern region), Newcastle upon Tyne Registrar in Neonatology, Royal Victoria Infirmary (Tertiary referral unit for Northern UK and ECMO unit), Newcastle upon Tyne, Registrar in Neonatology, North Tees General Hospital, Stockton on Tees and SHO in Neonatology, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter. He has performed numerous of Resuscitation, Intubation and ventilation of new born infants. He has specialization in performing UAC’s and Peripheral Arterial lines, done Numerous of Chest drain insertion Lumbar Puncture and done lots Insertion of long lines. He has done Several Exchange Transfusions for rhesus incompatibility in the newborn also done partial exchange transfusions for babies with symptomatic polycythemia. He is a Specialist in performing and interpreting Cranial USS, Transfer of Sick Neonates, and Ventricular Taps in babies with Hydrocephalus and Air Evacuations. His research and publication are on Effect of Long-term TPN on the Neonatal Brain, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in the Northern Region, Management of Diabetic Ketoaciosis in Children, Self-Management plan booklet, Neonatal longline Audit on the neonatal unit at NTGH to establish the longline related sepsis rate & average duration of the longlines, Asthma management audit, The Physical Disability Survey, Effect of Parenteral Nutrition on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain in preterm infants. Mallaiah R, Edwards D: Neonatal society of England, November 2003, Changing trends in prematurity, Azzopardi D, Mallaiah R: RCOG annual meet, London, December 2003, Recent advances in neonatology, Mallaiah R, RCOG annual meet, New Delhi, March 2005, Neonatal Resuscitation, Mallaiah R, AOGD annual meet, New Delhi, November 2005 and Effect of TPN on the developing Neonatal Brain, Mallaiah R, S Counsell, M Rutherford, E Maalouf, Edwards D: Journal of Human embryology and development, Nov 2003.

Dr. Lata Bhat

Head, Dept. of Neonatology, Fortis La Femme

Fellowship in Neonatology (UK)
Experience & training in Child development Problems in UK and India
More than Two Decades of Experience in Neonatology

Current work profile in India: Designations

  • Head, Dept. Of Neonatology, Fortis Hospital, NOIDA where I have started NNF Fellowship for Doctors and Nurses
  • Academic Chairperson, Delhi NNF
  • National Faculty of NNF India ‘Advance NRP Training ‘
  • State Coordinator for DELHI NCR Child Neurodevelopment chapter of IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics
  • Convener IFPB (INDIAN FOUNDATION OF PRETERM BABIES) an NGO working for the cause of preterm babies in India.

Research & Publications:

I have some publications in some national and international journals. Latest research published in American Journal of Neonatal Biology is “Can Higher PEEP and Fio2 with Bubble CPAP in Preterm babies with RDS reduce the need for invasive ventilation “

Authored some books including

  • “Delivered too soon” an action report on Preterm baby situation in India
  • “KMC and LBW feeding guidelines “ by Ministry of health and Family welfare.

Dr. Madhu Goel

Senior Consultant (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
New Delhi

Dr. Goel with 15 years of experience is a Sr. Consultant in Fortis La Femme Hospital. She was the lead consultant at Saket City hospital for one & half year and Rockland hospital for last 7 years. A graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College and post graduate of Lady Harding Medical College. Adept at a wide range of obstetric and gynecological procedures with a special interest in high risk pregnancy, Endoscopy and infertility.

She believes in attaining experience in all sphere of life. She is competent, compassionate and caring and has a zest for life making her popular with her patients. She is active academically and is the secretary of Delhi Gynecology Forum south.

Special Interest

  • Endoscopy, infertility and high risk pregnancy


  • Numerous publication in National and International journal, magazine and newspaper articles.

Awards and Honors

  • Top academic achiever throughout
  • Awarded the Dr. Pratibha Tewari Memorial Award for the best Post Graduate student