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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

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital   The PiAstra team were approached by the provincial Department of Health Nutrition, to provide training around human milk banking and the use of the high temperature and short time pasteurisation system, PiAStra, to the staff involved in caring for mothers and their infants at the hospital.  As part of the GSK/ Save the Children award we were able to donate […]

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Rahima Moosa Hospital

Rahima Moosa Hospital

Rahima Moosa Hospital The Dietetics team expressed an interest in acquiring a PiAstra to enable them to pasteurise donor human milk reliably and quickly for vulnerable infants. The GSK/Save the Children award enabled us to donate a PiAstra to the enthusiastic team. A background into human milk banking and the importance of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding were included in the training provided. This was […]

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Cameroon sets up Piastra

Cameroon sets up Piastra

4 to 8 April 2017 – Piastra Training for Cameroon  PiAstra is perfect for all situations and when the electricity was down in the iThemba Lethu breastmilk bank where the training was scheduled to take place it was an easy thing to move the equipment to one of the training team member’s kitchen – no plumbing is needed and the equipment is very mobile.    […]

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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.