Monday 16 October 2017

Hundreds of babies may lose donor milk bank access after Brexit

The donor bank in Fermanagh enables mothers who are not breastfeeding to donate milk to feed sick and premature babies.
The donor bank in Fermanagh enables mothers who are not breastfeeding to donate milk to feed sick and premature babies.
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Babies that are reliant on Ireland’s only human breast milk bank in Co Fermanagh may be affected when the Great Britain leaves the European Union in two years time.

The donor bank in Fermanagh enables mothers who are not breastfeeding to donate milk to feed sick and premature babies.

However the Times Ireland edition says the Department of Health does not yet know if the milk bank will continue to serve the Republic of Ireland once the UK leaves the EU.

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The news comes after the Labour Party recently called on the Irish Government to establish a human donor milk bank in the Irish Republic.

In a report launched by the Labour party last week, the party also said that in the workplace mothers should have the right to take breaks to breastfeed or express for up to one year after the birth of their child, up from the current six months.

Employers should also ensure they provide appropriate areas for mothers, the party said.

"It is significant that the Labour Party is putting forward a plan to increase breastfeeding in Ireland. Unless the issue is put on the political agenda and raised in public discourse existing obstacles will remain," Labour Party member Loraine Mulligan said.

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