COVID19 and Human Milk Pasteurisation

09-10-2020 | Posted in General News Scientific Papers

With the ongoing global Coronavirus Pandemic we wished to share the latest studies with regards to COVID 19 and Human Milk Banking and Breast feeding.The below paper comes from the Lancet and discuses the detection of SARS-CoV-2 In Human Breast Milk

Please click here to view the paper via the European Milk Banking Association website –

The World Health Organization recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue to continue to breastfeed.  Mothers should be counselled that the benefits of breastfeeding substantially out weigh  the potential risks for transmission. It goes on to say that Mother and infant should be able to remain together to practice skin to skin contact, including kangaroo care, especially immediately after birth and udring the establishment of breast feeding, whether they or their infants have suspected or confirmed COVID 19.

Please click here to view the article form the World Health organisation –

As the COVID‐19 pandemic evolves, human milk banks world‐wide continue to provide donor human milk to vulnerable infants who lack access to mother’s own milk. This study shows that SARS‐CoV‐2 is effectively inactivated by Holder pasteurisation (treating the milk at 62.5°c for 30 minutes) suggesting that existing milk bank processes will effectively mitigate the risk of transmission of SARS‐COV‐2 to vulnerable infants through pasteurised donor human milk.

Please click the link here to view the paper from Gregory J Walker Vanessa Clifford Nidhi Bansal Alberto O Stella Stuart Turville Sacha Stelzer‐Braid Laura D Klein William Rawlinson –

Sterifeed pasteurisers use the Holder method of pasteurisation that effectively inactivates SARS‐CoV‐2  please see link here for more detail on Sterifeed pasteurisers safety features.

Sterifeed pasteurisers meet all of the various Human Milk Banking guidelines from around the world.  Sterifeed pasteurisers are used in over 50 different countries world wide, making Sterifeed the global market leader for Human Milk Pasteurisation. For more information please review FAQ

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