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Helping Hands Milk Bank (Helping Hands) is a virtual milk bank utilizing the power of the Internet to allow qualified donors to make breast milk donations from the comfort of their home. Prolacta Bioscience collects excess breast milk from mothers who donate through Helping Hands and processes it into the first and only commercially available breast milk fortifier made from 100% human milk (rather than cow milk) for critically ill, premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). This fortifier is called Prolact+ H2MF. Additionally, Prolacta donates $1 to Susan G. Komen® for every ounce of qualified breast milk collected through Helping Hands.

The Science of Nutrition

Scientific research increasingly demonstrates the benefits of mother’s breast milk over any other substitute. Premature babies, especially those born weighing 2 pounds 12 ounces or less, have very special nutritional needs. These babies grow at a rapid pace, so they need more protein, energy and calories than full-term babies.

Prolact+ H2MF is able to meet the nutritional and caloric needs of these preemies. Prolact+ H2MF, is the first and only human milk fortifier (HMF) made exclusively from donor human milk for critically ill, premature infants who are in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). It is added to mother’s milk (or donor milk if mom’s milk is unavailable) and fed enterally (through a feeding tube) to meet the caloric needs as prescribed by the infant’s neonatologist. The only other fortification option available for these premature infants is to use an HMF that is made from cow milk.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that when added to human milk, Prolact+ H2MF reduced the odds of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) by 77% in premature infants weighing 500 g – 1250 g at birth, when compared to infants receiving human milk fortified with cow milk-based HMF or, when supply or mother’s own milk was insufficient, preterm infant formula. As a result, Helping Hands and Prolacta are striving to increase awareness of human milk-based nutritional benefits for premature infants.

Donation Process

Helping Hands donors are mothers who are generally healthy and have excess breast milk.
Helping Hands allows busy mothers to apply online in about 15 minutes and donate milk from the privacy and comfort of their own home. Helping Hands supplies all testing materials and breast milk storage containers. In addition, they cover all shipping costs & supplies, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to the donor, nor does she need to travel anywhere to donate her breast milk. The complete online application process takes about three weeks. The qualification steps include completing the on-line application and medical confirmation forms for the mother and baby, maternal blood testing by a licensed phlebotomist, and creating a maternal DNA profile. Each of these steps ensures the safety of the donor, the collected milk, and the premature babies we serve. For a mother to determine if she qualifies, she can apply online at www.helpinghandsbank.com/donorapplication. If she has any questions along the way, she can visit the Helping Hands FAQ section at www.helpinghandsbank.com/faqs, call (888) 274-5103 or email 2donate@helpinghandsbank.com. Minimum donation is between 100 and 150 ounces.

Healthcare Savings

A study published in the journal, Breastfeeding Medicine found that a 100% human milk-based diet, which included Prolact+ H2MF, for extremely premature infants may result in a net savings of medical care resources by reducing the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), when compared with feeding these infants HMF produced from cow milk or cow milk-based preemie formula. The same study found that extremely premature infants who were not diagnosed with NEC spent approximately 3.9 fewer days in the NICU than infants who were diagnosed with NEC.

Published study results are available upon request.

Giving Back
Susan G. Komen

Prolacta supports the fight against breast cancer by donating $1 to Susan G. Komen®, for every ounce of qualified breast milk collected through HHMB. Since October 2010, Prolacta donations to Susan G. Komen have surpassed $913,000. The correlation between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of breast cancer in women created a natural synergy for Prolacta and Komen to partner. Prolacta’s donations help Komen fund innovative research and life-saving community outreach projects.

More Information

See our FAQ at www.helpinghandsbank.com

Press Contact Loren Kosmont

loren@pstrategies.net

310-721-9444


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Helping Hands Milk Bank (Helping Hands) is a virtual milk bank utilizing the power of the Internet to allow qualified donors to make breast milk donations from the comfort of their home. As a Prolacta Bioscience affiliated milk bank, we collect breast milk from qualified, donors which is then used by Prolacta to make the only available breast milk-based fortifier from 100% human milk (rather than cow milk) for critically ill, premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). We give back to the community in a meaningful way by making financial donations to Susan G. Komen® based on the amount of qualified milk received.

Prolacta Bioscience collects excess breast milk from mothers who donate through Helping Hands, where it is processed into human milk fortifier (HMF) made from 100% human milk (rather than cow milk) for critically ill, premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Prolacta’s human milk-based fortifier, Prolact+ H2MF, is the first and only commercially available HMF made exclusively from human milk. The only other option available to neonatal intensive care units is to fortify premature infant feedings with a cow-based milk product.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that when added to human milk, Prolact+ H2MF reduced the odds of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) by 77% in premature infants weighing 500 g – 1250 g at birth, when compared to infants who received human milk fortified with cow milk-based HMF or, when supply or mother’s own milk was insufficient, preterm infant formula.Unlike most milk banks, Helping Hands can accept donor milk from mothers who live anywhere in the contiguous United States. Helping Hands allows busy mothers to donate milk from the privacy and comfort of their own home, by supplying mothers testing materials and storage containers. In addition, they cover all shipping costs & breast milk collection supplies. There is no out-of-pocket cost to the donor, nor does she need to travel anywhere to donate her breast milk. Babies
“We will forever be grateful to the NICUs, doctors, nurses, and staff who fought along with us to save our babies. We will also always be grateful to the breast milk donors who made it possible for a human milk fortifier to be made using exclusively human breast milk.”- Chance & Sienna’s Mom

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Generous Helping Hands volunteer donors make a difference in a second way. Prolacta supports the fight against breast cancer by donating $1 to Susan G. Komen®, for every ounce of qualified breast milk collected through Helping Hands. Since October 2010, Prolacta donations to Susan G. Komen have surpassed $913,000. The correlation between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of breast cancer in women created a natural synergy for Prolacta and Komen to partner. Prolacta’s donations help Komen fund innovative research and life-saving community outreach projects.1 2

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1“Breast cancer and breastfeeding: collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 47 epidemiological studies in 30 countries, including 50302 women with breast cancer and 96973 women without the disease”, Lancet, Vol 360 No. 9328, pp 187-195

2Alison M. Stuebe; Walter C. Willett; Fei Xue; Karin B. Michels. “Lactation and Incidence of Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Longitudinal Study.” Arch Intern Med., 2009; 169 (15): 1364-1371

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Your valuable donation will contribute $1 per ounce to support Susan G. Komen

Prolacta Bioscience has pledged to contribute $1 to the fight against breast cancer for every ounce of qualified milk we collect. Susan G. Komen was chosen as the recipient of this contribution because of their admirable work in fighting breast cancer.

Minimum Contribution: $25,000
Program Active: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2017

Susan G. Komen®’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. For more information, please visit www.komen.org.