A majority of the latest research indicates that human donor milk is best for infants in need. HDM Plus® provides the safest, most nutritionally beneficial product in order to improve the overall health for low birth weight infants, and other babies in need.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (PRWEB) January 16, 2018
Ni-Q, an Oregon-based company, announced today the successful introduction and reception of HDM Plus®, its human-donated milk for at-risk infants. HDM Plus® is a unique, commercially sterile, non-fortified, calorically enhanced, safety tested human donor milk for premature and low-birth-weight infants in Neonatal Units, Labor and Delivery units, and other hospital environments.
HDM Plus® is distributed solely through healthcare environments and is not available for purchase on any Internet site or through any milk banking associations. The milk is carefully handled and delivered with the newest available technology under the world’s highest standard for safety.
“We wanted to address the need for safe, calorically enhanced human donor milk for at-risk infants,” said Bill Pfost, Chief Executive Officer of Ni-Q. “A majority of the latest research indicates that human donor milk is best for infants in need. Our overall objective is to provide the safest, most nutritionally beneficial product in order to improve the overall health for low birth weight infants, and other babies in need.”
In many cases where an infant is born premature (where that is classified by gestational age) or may have low birth weight, the baby’s mother may be unable to produce her own milk for the child. Neonatologists, perinatologists, and clinicians of all training typically agree that breast milk is critical to the optimum health and development of the child. When the mother is unable to nurse, many NICUs and clinics are turning to human donor milk as the healthiest option to treat their patients. Dr. David Adamkin, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Neonatology and Nutritional Research at University of Louisville, and a Ni-Q Medical Advisor, adds, “Human milk products that provide uniform energy and protein enable the clinician to provide more exact nutrition for very low birth weight infants. This should help improve growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared in a January 2017 policy statement, “The use of pasteurized donor milk is safe when appropriate measures are used to screen donors and collect, store, and pasteurize the milk and then distribute it through established human milk banks. The use of nonpasteurized donor milk and other forms of direct, Internet-based, or informal human milk sharing does not involve this level of safety and is not recommended.”
HDM Plus® provides a pure and safe breast milk to the babies that need it in a number of ways:
1) HDM Plus® is calorically enhanced, using a natural (non-synthetic) process, and provides a minimum of 20 calories per ounce which helps at-risk infants grow at a sound and regulated pace. Sterilization and homogenization enable the milk to be shelf-stable at room temperature without the need for fortifiers or preservatives.
2) HDM Plus® is triple-tested for safety, and is screened for blood borne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis and even Zika virus. Donations are also screened for drugs and alcohol and any microbial contamination.
3) HDM Plus® uses a proprietary temperature control process in its fully dedicated, state-of-the-art receiving facility and processing plant in Oregon. Once HDM Plus® is sent to a NICU or pediatric care facility, it is commercially sterile and shelf-stable at room temperature for 12 months. It is not shipped or stored frozen, so facilities will not have to work around the difficulties of a frozen package.
In 2017, distribution and adoption of HDM Plus® increased fivefold with Neonatal Units, Labor and Delivery units, and other hospital environments. Milk supplies were offered and donated to medical centers in hurricane-affected Houston and Puerto Rico. “We are extremely proud to be a part of saving the lives of at-risk infants, and we take the responsibility very seriously,” noted CEO Bill Pfost. “We are looking forward to working with the neonatal community to set and advance the standards and provide every premature and low birth weight infant with the breast milk they need.”
Product Name: HDM Plus®
Corporation: Ni-Q, LLC
CEO: Bill Pfost