On September 1, the Japan Breastfeeding Bank Association opened the “Nihonbashi Breastfeeding Bank” on the 1st floor of Pigeon Headquarters to process the donated breast milk and provide it to babies born with low weight (4-Nihonbashi Hisamatsucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo). Four). This is the second breast milk bank in Japan and the first facility that a private company has fully supported to open. Inside the “Breast Milk Bank” facility *Samples are used for breast milk for the purpose of photography What is a breast milk bank? A breast milk bank uses “donor milk” processed from donated breast milk for babies with a birth weight of less than 1,500 grams. Facilities to provide. It is a facility that inspects, pasteurizes, and stores breast milk, and plays a role in delivering donor milk to babies at the request of medical institutions. There are more than 600 facilities in more than 50 countries around the world. On the other hand, there is only one facility in Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, which was opened in 2014 in Japan. The donor milk is delivered to about 100 babies a year, but it is said that about 7,000 babies weighing less than 1,500 g are provided annually, and it was urgent to increase the number of facilities. “Nihonbashi Breast Milk Bank” opened in Pigeon Headquarters (Courtesy of Pigeon Co., Ltd.) The newly opened “Nihonbashi Breast Milk Bank” can process and store 2,000 liters of breast milk per year. It is expected to deliver donor milk to about 600 babies a year, six times the amount provided by the first breast milk bank. Kenji Kitazawa, President and CEO of Pigeon, who supported the opening of the breastfeeding bank, said, “It all started when I visited a breastfeeding bank in Brazil in 2018. Knowing the current situation that is not yet widespread in Japan, I can save a small life. I decided to support a breastfeeding bank to protect my breast cancer.” Norimasa Kitazawa, President and CEO of Pigeon Co., Ltd. Donor milk reduces the risk of infectious diseases and diseases Why is it necessary to give a baby born with low weight to donor milk instead of artificial milk? It is believed that breast milk, which contains the necessary nutrients in a well-balanced and easily digestible form, helps reduce the risk of developing various infections and diseases. Mr. Katsumi Mizuno, the representative director of the Japan Breast Milk Bank Association, said as an example, “The risk of necrotizing enteritis, which causes necrosis of part of the intestine, is about one-third of artificial milk by giving breast milk. There is also a report that it was possible to reduce it.” Mr. Katsumi Mizuno, Representative Director and Pediatrician of the Japan Breast Milk Bank Association Necrotizing enteritis is a life-threatening disease of babies, but it is thought that substances in the breast milk that mature the intestinal tract play a major role in reducing the risk of infection. It seems that However, mothers who give birth to their babies early are not ready for their body and often do not immediately lactate. It is said that there are cases where the mother does not get breast milk during pregnancy because she gave birth early to treat cancer or died after childbirth. Donor milk solves these problems. “For a little baby, it’s just “medicine”” (Mr. Mizuno). Donors can apply from the homepage of the Japan Breastfeeding Bank Association, but no matter how well the facilities are enriched, donor milk will not be provided unless donors donate breast milk. “It’s hard to grow my own child, but it milks, freezes and delivers it for other children. Some of them received treatment at NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for almost a year. After that, even after I lost my child, I continued to milk, and there was also a mother who wanted me to use breast milk for a small life,” says Mizuno, as many people said in good faith. Is established. Donors have started accepting applications on the Japan Breast Milk Bank Association website since September. We hope that the establishment of the facility will further spread the recognition of donor applications and donor milk.