Giving milk of human kindness to babies in need

Giving milk of human kindness to babies in need

Lucy Elder

Giving milk of human kindness to babies in need

A new mother has been helping sick babies by donating her breast milk.

Bryony Harding with Alfie and husband Robert


Bryony Harding, from Twyford, gave birth to her son, Alfie, in September and ever since has been expressing bottles of milk to send to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The milk is given to premature babies and babies whose mother's are having trouble with breast feeding.

"It is so easy, its just amazing," said Bryony. "I am thinking about doing some fundraising for the milk bank in the future."

Volunteer emergency motorcyclists from SERV, Service by Emergency Riders Volunteers, collect bottles directly from donors doors and speed them to milk banks across the country.

Donor mothers are regularly screened for infections and the milk is tested for bacteria and pasteurised before being fed to babies in need.

SERV operates out of hours and charges the NHS nothing for the service.

It also transports blood, vaccines and medical notes.Bryony, a Thames Valley Police officer, bought a hand pump for £2 in a charity shop and said 'there has been no looking back since'.

On a trip to see Strictly Come Dancing recently, Bryony packed ice-packs and bottles to ensure she did not waste a drop.

According to the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking website, premature babies often start off on less than 20ml of milk per day.

Bryony has now sent about 200 bottles to the John Radcliffe.

"I met a lady whose baby had some milk from the milk bank and that was really special," she said."I do believe that every single drop is precious."

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