Malaybalay human milk bank ordinance approved, first in Bukidnon
Malaybalay City is the first in the Province of Bukidnon to have its own human milk bank. This, after Malaybalay City Ordinance No. 971 series of 2021 also known as the creation of the Malaybalay City Human Milk Bank has been officially signed on May 5, 2021.
A human milk bank or breast milk bank is a service that collects, screens, processes, and dispenses prescription human milk donated by nursing mothers who are not biologically related to the recipient infant.
Authored by City Councilor Niko Aldeguer, the ordinance is considered to be the first in Bukidnon. Aldeguer shared that the ordinance was inspired by his own experience as a parent. He said that he and his wife had problems before providing breastmilk for their infant.
Malaybalay City Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr., who expressed full support of the ordinance, said that breastmilk is the best milk for babies. The ordinance is seen to boost support for infants and children who need breastmilk and can help the government combat diseases and malnutrition.
- Photo courtesy of the City Government of Malaybalay