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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

Grey’s Hospital gets PiAstra- January 2018.

Grey’s Hospital gets PiAstra- January 2018.

Grey’s Hospital gets PiAstra- January 2018. This week, a PiAstra was delivered to Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A team from the maternity and neonatal units were trained in establishing and running a human milk. On behalf of the PiAstra team we must thank the GSK/Save the Children Partnership for their support in making this project successful. The PiAstra team are constantly adding […]

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Another day in the life of PiAstra  … GSK Visit in January 2018

Another day in the life of PiAstra … GSK Visit in January 2018

Another day in the life of PiAstra … GSK Visit in January 2018 One of our established PiAstra Human Milk Banks at Bethesda Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was selected as a site visited by Matthew MacCalla who is the Project Manager of the GSK/ Save the Children partnership who are responsible for various Global Health Programmes dedicated to saving children’s lives. The very competent Bethesda […]

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A Day in The Life of Pi ….. Astra

A Day in The Life of Pi ….. Astra

A Day in The Life of Pi …………………….. Astra Very exciting developments are taking place with the ongoing requests for new Human Milk Bank sites using the PiAstra pasteurization system. The most recent new site was established in Harare, Zimbabwe, just before Christmas 2017. Noel Powell, from the University of KwaZulu- Natal, met with an enthusiastic team headed by Katinka Musavaya an IBCLC based in […]

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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.