Establish a breast milk bank for the ACT

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Unlike several other jurisdictions in Australia, the Australian Capital Territory does not presently have a breast milk bank. Such a service would enable breast feeding mothers with excess breast milk to donate that milk to a central authority that could, in turn, screen and pasteurise that milk and provide it to members of the ACT community who need breast milk for their children.

There are a range of reasons why parents might seek breast milk. Health complications in mother or baby may limit the production or availability of milk. Adoptive parents, LGBTIQ couples or couples using the services of a surrogate may equally be unable to produce milk.

In the absence of such a service, ACT parents are seeking out milk through generous private donors. The current private arrangements rely on honesty and transparency of donors and recipients, and the lack of anonymity or screening may discourage some donors or recipients from taking part. 

The signatories of this petition call on the ACT government to commit to the creation of this service, in order to support parents in need across all sectors of the ACT community.