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Why Use PiAstra?

PiAstra is a system for pasteurizing Human Breast Milk, which has proven to be the ideal source of optimal nutrition for all infants. For low birth weight infants especially, it is like personalised medication as these infants are at great risk of developing necrotising enterocolitis, a very serious condition of the gut if they don’t get breastmilk.  There are occasions when some mothers may struggle to provide enough milk in the first few days after delivery and it is vital that these infants can be given donated human milk, which contains many immune components which help protect the baby from necrotizing enterocolitis and many other infections.  Orphaned and abandoned infants also should have the privilege of receiving donor human milk instead of having to use cow’s milk based formula milk, which is harmful to infant’s health.

 BUT international guidelines dictate that all donated human milk must be pasteurised before it is fed to infants.

ENTER PiAstra: a portable, safe, reliable way of pasteurizing breastmilk at minimum cost to make access to donor human milk possible.

 

Why Pasteurise Donor Milk?

Human Breast Milk has been proven to be the ideal source of optimal nutrition for all infants. For low birth weight infants, it is personalised medication as these infants are at great risk of developing necrotising enterocolitis, a very serious condition of the gut. Donor milk contains many of the immunoglobulins which help protect the baby from this and other infections.  Breast milk also helps […]

What is Flash Pasteurisation?

Flash Pasteurization is high temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization method used for heat treating donor milk.

History of Milk Banks

Background Information around Human Milk Banking and Pi Astra The Lancet Breastfeeding Series of 2016 highlighted the significant benefits for breastfeeding in high- and low-income countries alike. The health and economic benefits of breastfeeding are huge: increasing breastfeeding rates could save hundreds of thousands of lives and add hundreds of billions of dollars to the global economy each year. Increasing the rates of breastfeeding worldwide […]

How do Human Milk Banks work?

Healthy donor mothers are recruited from within the hospital or community and are screened for lifestyle diseases and have certain blood tests done. Milk is frozen in containers provided by the hospital and is either dropped off by the donor mothers at the bank or assigned depots or collected by volunteers.

PiAstra News

PiAstra Talks

PiAstra Talks

2nd World Breast Feeding Conference Presentations on Milk Banking in South Africa and the introducing of PiAstra as a cost effective, simple to use and reliable way to pasteurize donor breast milk for vulnerable infants. penny-reimers-community-milk-banks coutsoudis-miycn-and-access-to-safe-donor-milk  

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2nd World Breast Feeding Conference

2nd World Breast Feeding Conference

MS MOLATELA TUKAKGOMO of the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria was the winner of the PiAstra and she is looking forward to donating it to her hospital. Presented by Prof Anna Coutsoudis of University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. PiAstra Video

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Zithulele Hospital – Eastern Cape SA

Zithulele Hospital – Eastern Cape SA

Introduction Originally a mission hospital, and retaining some of this ethos, Zithulele Hospital, is situated in a deeply rural part of the beautiful Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. They are a 147 bed district hospital providing primary health care services for a catchment area of 130 000 people where education levels are low and unemployment is high. Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are endemic. Their vision […]

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What does PiAstra Cost?

A full pasteurization kit including the printer costs under $750 and the cost varies according to the income rating of countries requesting the PiAstra.  PiAstra is committed to making access to donor milk possible in the poorest of communities and will provide discounts depending on the needs of the institution or organization.  Contact us at info@piastra.org with some information of where and how you plan to use PiAstra and we will provide you with details of the price.